A Hidden Gem – One of only twenty five early to mid-eighteenth century Jewish cemeteries outside of London
We look after the Penzance Jewish Cemetery, located between Leskinnick Terrace and Mount Street. We also work closely with Penlee House staff who supervise maintenance works to ensure the site’s heritage is protected.
The cemetery is one of the best-preserved Jewish cemeteries, established in the eighteenth century, outside of London.
It was originally established around 1740 on what was a plot of open land. The land was owned by Canon Rogers of Sithney who wanted to encourage the Jewish community to settle in the town.
You can find out more information about the history of the cemetery by visiting the Friends of Penzance Jewish Cemetery website.
Penzance Jewish Cemetery is Grade II listed. This means that the cemetery has been recognised by Historic England as having special architectural and historic interest. The listing also brings the cemetery under the consideration of the planning system, so that it can be protected for future generations.
You can find out more information about the listing on the Historic England website.
The cemetery is owned by the Board of Deputies of British Jews in London and is closed to the public.
Full details on how to arrange a visit to the cemetery are available on the Friends of Penzance Jewish Cemetery website.
Please note: access to the Jewish Cemetery is strictly by appointment only. Please give as much advance notice of your visit as possible.