Falmouth’s Historic Jewish Cemetery – free online talk

28 Jan 2021
Time: 3.00pm - 4.00pm


During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, small, but viable Jewish communities grew up in Cornwall, principally in Falmouth, Truro and Penzance. The thriving seaports of the south coast and the southwest attracted Jewish traders. Falmouth, in addition to its international maritime trade that was centred on its deep-water harbour, also had a flourishing economic hinterland based on fishing, agriculture and mining. Jews were welcomed and even encouraged to settle here. Their trading skills and linguistic abilities were a distinct advantage in this cosmopolitan town.

Falmouth’s historic Jewish Cemetery had been established here in the early- to mid- eighteenth century, around the same time as the adjoining Dissenters’ Burying Ground, on land granted to both religious communities by Sir Frances Basset, Lord de Dunstanville. Anthony Fagin, curator of the Jewish Cemetery and secretary of the Friends of the Ponsharden Cemeteries, will describe some of the historic characters interred there and outline current plans for the restoration and preservation of both these historic burial grounds.

This talk will take place on Zoom. Please book your place on Eventbrite. Joining information will be sent out by email before 2pm on Thursday 28 January. The talk will be available to view on our YouTube channel at a later date.

Photo of Jewish grave showing Hebrew text.