Bristol Jewish Community





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City of Bristol

Bristol, the major city of the West of England with a population of about 400,000, is situated near the eastern end of the Bristol Channel and has a short coast line along the southern coast of the channel, facing Wales.  Bristol is unique in having been a city with county status since medieval times (it was named a county borough when the term was created in 1889), with only a short break, from 1974 to 1996, when it became a local government district of the short-lived county of Avon. It regained its independence and county status in 1996, when the county of Avon was abolished and Bristol became a unitary authority.

The Bristol Jewish Community

There had been a medieval Jewish community in Bristol. In modern times, Bristol has had a Jewish presence since at least the 1740s.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that existed in Bristol:

* An active congregation.



Bristol Jewish Cemeteries Information



Search Bristol Jewish Cemeteries Database,
including burial records and photographs of the headstones,
and copies of the burial certificates, where available,
as well as a description of the cemeteries.

(See the Bristol Hebrew Congregation home page for additional databases)

Basic Cemeteries Information

There was a medieval Jewish Cemetery in Bristol in use from some time after 1177 until 1290.


Bristol's modern Orthodox Jewish cemeteries are:

  • Barton Road (St Phillips) in use from c. 1750, with last burial in 1944. Approximately 160 are included in the above Database.

  • Great Gardens (Rose Street), small cemetery in use from mid-1800s until 1911. In 1924, 27 graves and headstones re-interred in Ridgeway Cemetery.

  • Ridgeway Cemetery, Eastville - the currently active Jewish cemetery in Bristol. First burial 1898. Approximately 640 burials (up to 2003) are included in the above Database, as are most burial certificates.

Bristol Progressive Jewish Community has burial plots at the following cemeteries:

  • South Bristol Cemetery, Bridgwater Road, Bedminster Down, Bristol.

  • Memorial Woodlands Cemetery, Earthcott Green, Alveston, South Gloucestershire.

Records of these cemeteries are also on the JOWBR and/or All-UK Database (see below).

(For additional information, see IAJGS Cemeteries Project - Bristol)


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Bristol include:

  • Burials

    • JOWBR (JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register)

    • Ridgway Cemetery (639 records*);

    • St. Philips Cemetery (188 records).

  • Marriages

    • Bristol Hebrew Congregation 1834 - 1990 (307 records).

  • UK Jewish Communal Leaders Database

    • Jewish Directory for 1874 - (20 Bristol records);

    • Jewish Year Book 1896/97 (6 Bristol Records); and

    • JCR-UK Listings (127 Bristol records - as of 30 September 2021).

  • 1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

    • Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Bristol during the 1760s (1 record); 1770s (1 record); 1780s (4 records); 1790s (7 records); 1800s (18 records); 1810s (20 records); 1820s (60 records), 1830s (136 records), 1840s (208 records), 1850s (220 records), 1860s (97 records), 1870s (66 records), 1880s (29 records), 1890s (6 records), 1900s (2 records) and 1910s (5 records).


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Bristol Jewish Community


on third party's website

  • Jewish Encyclopaedia article on Bristol by Joseph Jacobs and Francis L. Cohen, c-1906.


Other Bristol Jewish Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1900*)

Educational & Theological

  • Hebrew School (founded 1890)

Other Institutions & Organisations
Formed by 1900*

  • Bristol Board of Guardians (founded 1890) for the relief of the poor

  • Bristol Hebrew Ladies' Benevolent Society (founded 1845) to relieve the poor families resident in Bristol above one year pecuniary or otherwise during confinement, sickness, mourning, general distress, and at the festivals, also for he education and clothing of children.

  • Social and Debating Society (founded 1894)

* As listed in the Jewish Directory of 1874 and the Jewish Year Books 1896 & 1900


Community Records


Bristol Jewish Population Data


300 (estimate)

(Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain)



(The Jewish Year Book 1903/4)


200 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1909)


150 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1919)



(The Jewish Year Book 1945/6)



(The Jewish Year Book 1955)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)

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Page created: 21 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 15 October 2021

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