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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.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Bristol:



Search the Records of the
Bristol Jewish Cemeteries

Records of burials, plus photographs of the headstones and copies of the burial certificates, where available, in the Bristol's Orthodox Jewish Cemeteries at Barton Road, St Phillips and Ridgeway, Eastville  (including re-internments from the Great Gardens, Rose Street Cemetery), from 1762 to 2003.

See the Bristol Hebrew Congregation home page for additional databases


Search the All-UK Database

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).


On-line Articles relating to the Bristol Jewish Community


  • The Rise of Provincial Jewry - Bristol by Cecil Roth, 1950. 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. Part of the Susser Archive.

  • The Jews of Bristol by Alex Schlesinger (pdf - 1.2mb) - A summary of the Community's history, as published in a fund-raising brochure the Bristol Hebrew Congregation from the 1970s.

  • Victorian Jewry in Bristol by Alex Schlesinger (pdf - 2.3mb) - A more detailed summary of the Community's history during the Victorian era, as published in a fund-raising brochure the Bristol Hebrew Congregation from the 1970s.

on third party's website

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


Bristol Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1906)


200 families   

(The Jewish Year Book 1916)


150 families   

(The Jewish Year Book 1920)



(The Jewish Year Book 1946)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The 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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