Thursday, April 26, 2007

Deane Road Jewish Cemetery

I had a tour of the Deane Road Jewish Cemetery in Fairfield on Tuesday.

Saul Marks showed me round, he is head of the restoration project to bring the cemetery back to glory and then show people round as part of the Heritage trail.

It was opened in 1837 and full by 1906 when the last burial took place.

I have linked to his website, click the title of this post to go there and see the photos showing how far the project has already come.

Some very famous people are buried there, the two that come first to mind are David Lewis, the founder of Lewis's department store currently in the news headlines for going into receivership. Also H(arriet) Samuel and her husband and father-in-law, founders of H Samuels Jewellers. Also Charles Mozley, the first Jewish Mayor of Liverpool (before the Mayor became a Lord Mayor).

They need about half a million pounds to restore the cemetery, I have said I will help in any way I can but in the short term can help with clearing rubbish and that sort of thing.

I would really appreciate it if local K&F people reading this would contact Saul to offer their support and involvement.

This is a lovely place that needs us all to work together, of whatever faith, to bring it back to glory.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent. Really glad you are helping on this one. It is one of Kensington's hidden gems.