Liverpool shul plaque

Community leaders joined Liverpool’s lord mayor and senior councillors on Monday for the unveiling of a plaque close to the site of Merseyside’s first synagogue. The shul was founded in 1752 in a modest one-storey brick building near what is now the city’s Metquarter Shopping Centre. It soon became known as Synagogue Court. By 1775, the congregation had moved on to Turton Court and Frederick Court, before the establishment of Seel Street in 1807, probably the city’s first purpose-built synagogue. Councillor Peter Millea, who had researched the city’s Jewish history, told guests that what had been a passing interest had turned into an obsession. He thanked, among others, Liverpool Jewish community archivist Arnold Lewis for his assistance. Rex Makin spoke about the Jewish contribution to Liverpool civic life.
    Last updated: 3:44pm, July 3 2009