The Cemetery is closed to all visitors until further notice
The office is contactable Sunday-Friday 08:30am -3.15pm

Hoop Lane Cemetery: A brief History

The West London Synagogue opened its first burial ground in 1843, having secured a plot of land at Balls Bond road, Islington. By the late 19th century, West London Synagogue needed a larger burial ground and approval was given to establish a new cemetery on farmland near the hamlet of Golders Green. The congregation purchased the site for £3,000 on 21st December 1894. The area consisted of 15 acres and 38 poles situated at the corner of Temple Fortune Lane and Hoop Lane.

Just a few months before the cemetery opened, on 23 April 1896 the West London congregation sold eight acres of the site to the Spanish and Portuguese Jews of London, thus creating an arrangement of sharing cemetery space between the Reform and the Sephardi communities that has persisted into the 21st century. Hoop Lane also became the primary burial ground of London’s Spanish and Portuguese community, superseding its earlier Velho and Nuevo cemeteries in the East End. The first interment was that of Frances Salaman, wife of Charles Salaman, who was born in Jamaica in 1817 and died in London on the 6th May 1897.

There are two owning communities: the S&P Sephardi Community and West London Synagogue. The Cemetery is managed by the Joint Burial Committee (JBC) which is comprised of representatives of the two communities. It meets 4 times a year with the Cemetery Director.

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The Hoop Lane Crematorium is a separate organisation with no connection to the cemetery. Details can be found here

Burial Search

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Coronavirus Update
24th March

The cemetery is now CLOSED to all visitors until further notice.

The Prime Minister’s address to the nation on 23rd March was very clear: “From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home.”

Please do not visit the cemetery unless you are attending a funeral as “immediate family.” We are restricting this to next of kin only and their spouse/partner. Next of kin is a husband/wife, mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister. It does not extend to grandchildren or cousins.

Those who are medically vulnerable and/or over 70 years of age should consider the advice and guidance of the UK Government.

The family will be asked to maintain social distancing at all times. Only direct mourners will be invited to put in earth.

All kippot and prayer books have been removed.

We wish everyone continued good health and strength during these challenging times.

Daily Schedule

Monday  06  April  2020
12 Nisan 5780

Timetable temporarily withdrawn

The Grounds are very wet and muddy in parts. Please wear appropriate footwear and take care when visiting.


Tips and Gratuities

The Joint Burial Committee and staff are committed to offering members a very professional service and there is a strict ‘no gratuities’ policy. People who would like to donate any monies can do so through the charity boxes found near the cemetery offices and the prayer hall. Donations help with the maintenance and upkeep of the grounds.


Directions & Parking

Please note that parking is very restricted. The cemetery was designed in an era without cars and there is only room to safely park about 10 vehicles. During services, priority is given to the officiating Rabbi and the Funeral Director. You can park on Hoop Lane after 9.30 am Monday to Friday, and all day on Sunday.

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Contact Us

Tel: 020 8455 2569
Hoop Lane
Golders Green
NW11 7NJ

Cemetery Director:
Lester Harris
Site Manager:
John Lang
Linda Stone
Finance Officer:
Mary Pearmain

Cemetery Operatives:
Gheorghe Paslariu
Ivor Thompson

Joint Burial Committee
Daniel Ettinghausen
Anthony Stewart
Simon Raperport

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JBC takes your privacy seriously and we will only use your personal information to administer your business with us and/or to provide the products and services you have requested from us.

Tombstone services


Tombstone cleaning & upkeep

Details on how to request renovations for tombstones and how the annual maintenance contracts work

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Rose Tree & Wall plaque

Details on how to make a dedication of a rose tree or plaque in memory of a loved one

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Photos of the grounds, prayer hall and offices


What to do in the
event of a Bereavement

The Cemetery is run on behalf of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews’ Synagogue (S&P) and the West London Synagogue (WLS). Burial services are not available on Shabbat, Yomtov and Christmas Day.
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Stone settings

Stone setting arrangements have to be made through the representive synagogue and therefore you should contact them direct
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