Although a handful of Jews lived in Medieval Grimsby the modern community began in the middle of the 18th century. Being a port, Grimsby attracted many immigrants. Some were passing through while others stayed. The first synagogue was established in 1874. Due to lack of funds, it took three years to build the first purpose-built synagogue (Sir Moses Montefiore Synagogue). Grimsby's Jewish community is on the decline.
There is a small Jewish cemetery in Ipswich. The graves are from the early to mid-19th century. Access is difficult because it is on the private land of a malting firm in the docks area. This confirms the presence of a larger Jewish community in the past. It is unclear whether there might have been a synagogue (today the nearest is in Colchester) although there is a tiny Jewish section in the modern cemetery.
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