Barnstaple and Bideford have both had Jewish communities since about 1760. Between 1760 and 1800 the home of Abraham Ralph, of Barnstaple, was used for synagogue services.
Cheltenham's synagogue was founded in 1849, but its burial ground dates from about 1826. Gloucester synagogue was established in 1792. The earliest recorded burial is dated 1794. This cemetery served Gloucester, Hereford, Ross on Wye and Stroud. The decline in the community in Gloucester probably led to the rise of the community in Cheltenham.
Exeter's Jewish community was re-established (after the great expulsion edict) at the beginning of the 18th Century. A Synagogue was founded in 1763. The small but well-maintained burial ground was opened in 1751. Records of Exeter Jewry can be found in the Susser Archives.
Bath Jewish Burial Ground-If your relative lived or died in Bath from 1812 to about 1945 you can use this link to see if there are records of them in the historic burial ground just to the south of the city. There are pictures of every gravestone and a transcription of legible inscriptions.
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