St James does not have a Parish status and therefore does not have its own dedicated congregation.
Consequently there is a need to raise donations to provide for ongoing maintenance and to support our charitable aims.
The Priory Church of St James is a Grade I listed building situated next to Bristol’s Bus Station.
It has been a place of Healing for almost 900 years
It was founded in 1129 as a Benedictine Priory by Robert Earl of Gloucester, the illegitimate son of Henry 1. The nave survives from 1129 but the tower was added around 1374. The south aisle was widened and rebuilt in 1698. The porch dates from the late 18th century, and the north aisle was rebuilt in 1864.
The Priory Church has benefited from a £4 million restoration, conservation and development programme which lasted from October 2009 until it re-opened in July 2011.
The Heritage Lottery Fund provided a £3.2 million grant and the St James Priory Charity was required to match fund £1.2 million pounds.
We are indebted to the HLF and the numerous trust funds and private donations that allowed this restoration work to proceed.
PLEASE CLICK ON THESE LINKS FOR A SUMMARY OF THE WORK AND IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT WORK.
St James History Summary:
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St James Priory has been preserved not only for future generations but also for the specific benefit of individuals and groups today.
Our Charity aims to support vulnerable people in Bristol – especially those recovering from addictions and those with mental health problems.
Our Charity relies on Donations to assist our charitable aims of supporting vulnerable people and maintaining the Historic Priory Church.