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Commercial Road Great synagogue,
262 Commercial Road, London E1
A reader was
to give me the colour photo below of a
view from Sidney Square, Sidney Street looking across the East End into
Commercial Road and beyond. The photo dates from the 1960s
and shows glimpses of a London long gone. Note the cranes on
the horizon arching above the long filled in London docks.
Note also the now demolished Victory pub on the
corner of Watney Street, the distant view of Tower bridge and, for
the observant, the top of the Tower of London. You may also
notice the square peaked roofed building just to the right of the
pub. This is number 262 Commercial Road, otherwise known as
Commercial Road Great synagogue. The synagogue was founded in 1920
and closed in 1968 to merge with the East London Central synagogue
in Nelson Street. In its day it was a major Jewish centre.
Also take a
look at my two 1950s black and white photos that were taken inside
the building. The first is of Commercial Road's Rabbi
Halstuck addressing a meeting, and the second is of Rabbi Halstuck
and others listening to the synagogue's boys choir. Do any readers
recognise their younger selves?
The view across the East End from Sidney
Street to the Commercial Road and beyond.
Halstuck of Commercial Road Great synagogue addressing a meeting, early 1950s.
Rabbi S Halstuck (sitting down, bearded)
of Commercial Road Great synagogue listening to the synagogue's
boys choir, early 1950s.
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