Jewish Cemetery Plashet Park

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Inexplicably, I found this open on a Saturday. Apart from a fox who sat and watched me as I watched him, there was no one else to be seen in the cemetery. The small, rectangular ground crammed with gravestones in neat rows, a central path running between them, was the first Jewish cemetery I ever visited. I found the stark dryness quite overwhelming; I hadn't yet learned to see the more subtle details of the Jewish memorial tradition, not least the wonderful habit of leaving a stone on the gravestone when you visit (so much nicer that flowers rotting in cellophane).

About a year after I visited, the cemetery was desecrated by vandals. I worried (wrongly, I think, or I wouldn't have put the photos back online) that they had used my website to find somewhere to target.

Notes written in 2011.

Filed under: 20th Century Jewish London Cemeteries .

One Response to Jewish Cemetery Plashet Park

  1. Jeff Jacobs says:

    I am looking for the grave of my great great grandfather, Lewis Jacobs. He died on January 13, 1901. He may be buried under the name of Jacob Lewis Jacobs or Jacob Jacobs. There is a Jacob Jacobs who was buried in Plashet Cemetery on 14/10/1901 in Section C, row 32, plot 23, and I am wondering if the date in the United Synagogue records may be a transcription error.

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