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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

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

Jewish Congregations

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





Search the Bristol Jewish Cemeteries Database,
including burial records and photographs of 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

Bristol's modern Jewish cemeteries (each of which is Orthodox) 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..

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


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 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

Educational & Theological

  • Hebrew School (founded 1890)

Other Institutions & Organisations
(that had been 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.


Bristol Jewish Population Data


300 (estimate)

(Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain)



(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)

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