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Jewish Burial Ground, Florence Place

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Jewish Burial Grounds, Florence Place
Jewish Burial Ground, Florence Place, Ditchling Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 6JA
A tour of the oldest Brighton Jewish Cemetery. This is rarely open to the public.
The Jewish cemetery at Florence Place is the oldest Jewish cemetery in Brighton and was set up in 1826 on land given to the community by Thomas Read Kemp, one of the major developers of modern Brighton. Additional costs were met by raising a meat tax on kosher meat sold in the town.


The unique Octagonal Ohel (Prayer House - NOT open to visitors) by Thomas Lainson replaced an earlier one by David Mocatta. Lainson also shows a layout for a caretakers cottage. It also is notable for its burials of famous Brighton Jewish residents. There are tombstones to the murdered Police Chief, Henry Solomon and to Levi Emanuel Cohen, Founder of the Brighton Guardian Newspaper (1827) and Sir John Howard.


There is an elaborate and beautiful Tombstone, to Martin Loewe who died of a brain hemorrhage in the sea at Brighton in 1859, aged 14 years. The tombstone has one of the most elaborate inscriptions of any Jewish tombstone in the country. It is an extended Hebrew poem relating how the youth was cut down in his prime, but affirming faith in the Almighty, and was penned by Dr. David Loewe (1809-88), who was secretary to Moses Montefiore, and a noted Orientalist.


There will be an opportunity to make a donation to the Cemetery Maintenance Fund.


● Sunday 15 September: 1030-1100 and 1100-1130

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The ground is uneven.
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Max 15 people per tour/session. 30 minutes
Directions:
The cemetery is on a small side road, off Ditchling Road, opposite Downs Junior School, next to the Jolly Brewer pub.

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