Jewish Burial Ground, Combe Down

Status: 
Closed
Number of Memorials: 
39

The Jewish Burial Ground is located on the corner of Bradford Road and Greendown Place, Combe Down next to the Forester & Flower public house. It is not generally open but is usually open for a day as part of Bath’s annual Heritage Week.

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Entrance and Chapel

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General View

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View Westwards

A list of all those buried is not available. Instead a list of the names that appear on memorials appears in an article by Judith Samuel entitled ‘The Jews of Bath’ which appeared in Bath History I 1986. The 28 names are in the National Burial Index. Combe Down Heritage Society with the Friends of Bath Jewish Burial Ground have produced a Tombstone Trail pamphlet which gives the inscriptions and, for a few, some background information on the 39 memorials and also on the plaque that used to exist on the southern wall. Further documentation of the individuals named on the memorials can also be found at Bath Record Office.

There has been much speculation about the purpose of the building but the Post Office Directory of Bath 1872 has an entry in the Combe Down section for: Hilyer Mrs E., Jews burial ground.

The website http://www.avonhgpg.co.uk/timp/bjc/ has a history and pictures of the burial ground.

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