The UK Turkish Islamic Trust and Mosque

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9-15 Shacklewell Lane, London, United Kingdom
The UK Turkish Islamic Trust and Mosque - FORMER SHACKLEWELL LANE SYNAGOGUE
The UK Turkish Islamic Trust and Mosque - FORMER SHACKLEWELL LANE SYNAGOGUE
The UK Turkish Islamic Trust and Mosque - FORMER SHACKLEWELL LANE SYNAGOGUE
The UK Turkish Islamic Trust and Mosque - FORMER SHACKLEWELL LANE SYNAGOGUE foundation stone
The UK Turkish Islamic Trust and Mosque - FORMER SHACKLEWELL LANE SYNAGOGUE

The UK Turkish Islamic Trust and Mosque London Reviews

AdamR3723 AdamR3723
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Once a synagogue, now a mosque Aug 05, 2017
I have visited Kingsland Road so many times, but never ventured east of it along Shacklewell Lane until today. This time, the bus from Newington Green, a route we had not used previously, deposited us outside the UK Turkish Islamic Trust, a mosque on Shacklewell Lane.

This mosque is housed in a former synagogue, the ‘Stoke Newington Synagogue’, which despite its name is closer to Dalston than Stoke Newington. It opened in 1903, after the English banker and entomologist, the Honourable Nathan Charles Rothschild (1877-1923), a member of the famous Rothschild family, laid a memorial stone. This stone mentions that the building’s architect was Lewis Solomon (1848-1928), Honorary Architect to the Federation of Synagogues, and, also, Architect and Surveyor to the United Synagogue. The synagogue’s treasurer was, at that time Gustave Tuck (1857-1942), Chairman and Managing Director of Raphael Tuck and Sons, Ltd (a well-known producer of illustrated postcards; see: https://tuckdb.org/history). University College London, which I attended as a student, has a lecture theatre named in his memory.

During its heyday (in the 1950s), the synagogue had over 500 male seat-holders (see: http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/London/stokenewington/index.htm). The congregation was Ashkenazi Orthodox. The synagogue closed in 1976, when its congregation merged with that of Hackney Synagogue.

In 1977, the newly formed UK Turkish Islamic Trust began to make moves to acquire the former synagogue to convert it for use as a mosque for the Turkish Cypriot community (see: http://www.ukturkishislamictrust.co.uk/building-history.html). In 1983, a dome was added to the building, otherwise many of the synagogue’s original architectural features have been preserved.

The UK Turkish Islamic Trust was founded by Ramadan H Guney (1932-2006), the owner of the enormous Brookwood Cemetery (in Surrey) since 1983. Mr Guney emigrated to the UK from Cyprus in 1958. He began a business selling ethnic music recordings to London’s Turkish communities. When we arrived at the mosque, we were greeted by Ramadan’s welcoming daughter Zerin, who, with her brother, run the establishment. She allowed us to look inside the mosque. I visited the downstairs section where men pray, and my wife was taken to the first-floor gallery, which is reserved for women, as it was when the building was a synagogue.

Entry is free, but donations for upkeep appreciated. You must remove your shoes before entering.
FORMER SHACKLEWELL LANE SYNAGOGUE
FORMER SHACKLEWELL LANE SYNAGOGUE
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FORMER SHACKLEWELL LANE SYNAGOGUE
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Suusj says:
Hi Adam, congrats on the feature :).
Posted on: Aug 15, 2017
starship1 says:
Adam, congratulations on having this review featured today!
Posted on: Aug 14, 2017
HORSCHECK says:
Adam, congrats on your featured review. Well done.
Posted on: Aug 13, 2017
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