March 19th, 2010

Schoolboy Brian

Shabbat Shmooze ~ Percy Galkoff: A Liverpool Kosher Butcher

A Century of Wurst: The history of the only
surviving tiled kosher butcher`s shop
in the United Kingdom.


by Rob Ainsworth in History, December 3, 2007

The Origins of Liverpool’s Jewish Heritage

To appreciate the reason why Galkoff`s kosher butcher’s shop is situated in Pembroke Place, an area of Liverpool that today displays very few signs of a Jewish community, it is necessary to review the city’s Jewish heritage links within the London Road and Islington areas of the city. Playing a major part in the history of Anglo-Jewry it was almost certainly the first Jewish community in the north of England.

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Table (a) Jewish Population Data

  • 1750 – Earliest Jewish Community in Liverpool
  • 1895 – 5,000 (The Jewish Year Book 1896)
  • 1934 – 7,000 (The Jewish Year Book 1935)
  • 1945 – 7,500 (The Jewish Year Book 1946)
  • 1965- 7,500 (The Jewish Year Book 1956)
  • 1976 – 6,500 (The Jewish Year Book 1977)
  • 1980 – 5,950 (The Jewish Year Book 1981)
  • 1990 – 5,000 (The Jewish Year Book 1991)
  • 1992 – 4,000 (The Jewish Year Book 1993)
  • 1998 – 3,000 (The Jewish Year Book 1999)
  • 2004 – 2,698 (The Jewish Year Book 2005)


I hope you were not only educated but also entertained by this fascinating historical article. :)
The original can be found at ~ Percy Galkoff: A Liverpool Kosher Butcher