History - Kingston Jewish Cemetery (Portsmouth)
With kind permission of Marcus Roberts Jtrails.org.uk© Marcus Roberts, www.jtrails.org.uk
A new municipal Jewish cemetery within Kingston Authority Cemetery was established in 1855 and an ohel built in 1858, by what was then the Portsea Burial Board. The cemetery was apparently founded due to the schism of 1856-60, which created a small new breakaway congregation, the "Hebrew New Congregation". A child, John Emanuel was reburied there in 1879, being one of the causes of original dispute.
The cemetery was also used to bury a Jewish prisoners. One prisoner, Eli Fermi, from Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight was also interred there in 1870 and occasioned a dispute that spilt onto the pages of the Jewish Chronicle. This was because by this time the cemetery had reverted back to the Whites Row synagogue with the end of the secession and the congregation considered that the body had been buried without their authority. Both interments were finally transferred to Fawcett Road in 1879 and the site sold back to the authority.
On visiting the site I was unable to find traces of the cemetery, but according to the contemporary account of Abraham Leon Emanuel, Honorary Prison Visitor, the cemetery adjoined Kingston cemetery and had its own entrance and was divided from it by a wall and iron railings and had originally been set apart by the Home Secretary and the Parish Authorities with the additional sanction of the Chief Rabbi.
However, there is still a later Jewish section is the cemetery, at New Road and was used between about 1900-10, and contains around 100 interments. New Road is on the north side of the cemetery.
Kingston cemetery is north along Fawcett Road and Fratton Road is then east off the Fratton Road by St Mary's Road