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Bristol Jewish Community

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.

Bristol Jewish Community

Bristol has had a Jewish presence since at least the 1750's and before that there had been an important Jewish community there in medieval times.

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The records in the database associated with Bristol include:


Bristol Hebrew Congregation 1834 - 1990 (307 records)

Burials (JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register)

Ridgway Cemetery (639 records);
St. Philips Cemetery (188 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

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 (19 records); 1820s (53 records), 1830s (120 records), 1840s (171 records), 1850s (169 records), 1860s (69 records), 1870s (43 records), 1880s (22 records), 1890s (5 records), 1900s (1 record) and 1910s (2 records).

The Jewish Congregations

The following Congregations are considered to be part of the Bristol Community:

On-Line Articles on the Bristol Jewish Community

The Rise of Provincial Jewry - Bristol by Cecil Roth, 1950. Available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

"Jewish Tombstone Inscriptions in S. W. England - Studies in Anglo-Jewish History No. 3", by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser, includes an Introduction that makes reference to Bristol. Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

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

Jewish Population Data


200 families
150 families
(Jewish Year Book 1906)
(Jewish Year Book 1916)
(Jewish Year Book 1920)
(Jewish Year Book 1920)

(Jewish Year Book 1956)
(Jewish Year Book 1991)
(Jewish Year Book 2005)

Other Bristol Jewish Information

Jewish Property and Heritage & Places of Local Interest

Bibliography and other sources

Bristol Cemetery Information (IAJGS Cemetery Project)

Bristol Medieval Community


Jewish Communities of England home page

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