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by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-08-21

New West End Synagogue

New West End Synagogue

London's New West End Synagogue is expecting an increase in the number of tourists and visitors as a result of becoming a Grade 1 listed building earlier this month.

Built between 1877 and 1879, the synagogue in St Petersburgh Place, Bayswater, offers regular services to the local Jewish community as well as guided tours of the building.

Among its treasures are 20 Sifrei Torahs and other religious items over 300 years old.

According to English Heritage, the synagogue: "is of such architectural and historic interest as to comfortably meet the criteria for listing at Grade 1."

Welcoming the listing, Sarah Crewe Brown, chair of Jewish Heritage UK said: "New West End Synagogue is a cherished cultural asset of Anglo-Jewry and an example of Synagogue architecture of international importance."