The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road :: Shared Description

The former Spanish and Portuguese synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road was built in 1874 to serve the growing Sephardi Jewish population in Manchester. It is the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester.

The synagogue was built in the Moorish Revival style by the noted Manchester architect Edward Salomons. The style, a homage to the architecture of Moorish Spain, perhaps seemed particularly fitting for the home of a Sephardic congregation. The two tiers of horseshoe windows on the facade are emblematic of the style, and the recessed doorway and arcade of five windows on the floor above the entrance are particularly decorative.
Inside, a horseshoe arch frames the heichal and polychrome columns support the galleries. The synagogue was designated as a grade II* listed building by English Heritage in 1974 (English Heritage Building ID: 387990 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings)

As the Jewish population migrated away from the Cheetham area, moving further north to Prestwich and Whitefield, the congregation dwindled and the synagogue, like others in the area, became redundant and was closed in 1981. It has since been completely restored and now houses the Manchester Jewish Museum which first opened in 1984.

LinkExternal link Manchester Jewish Museum
by David Dixon
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SJ8499 : Inside the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue by David Dixon
SJ8499 : Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue,The Ark by David Dixon
SJ8499 : Manchester Jewish Museum by David Dixon
SJ8499 : Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Stained Glass Window (Rachel's Tomb) by David Dixon
SJ8499 : Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Stained Glass Window (Burning Bush) by David Dixon
SJ8499 : Blue Plaque, Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue by David Dixon
SJ8499 : Inside the Manchester Jewish Museum by David Dixon
SJ8499 : The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road by David Dixon


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Created: Wed, 25 Nov 2015, Updated: Wed, 25 Nov 2015

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