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St James Priory through the ages

St James Priory through the ages

The remains of St James’s Priory constitute Bristol’s oldest building in everyday use. Surviving as a parish church until 1984, major structural works and a new function have brought it back to life. The stages of the development of St James’s Priory (Drawing by...
Short History of Church House

Short History of Church House

Formerly part of the west range of the cloisters constructed probably in the late twelfth century although remodelled in the fourteenth century. May have housed the more public-facing Priory activities such as the cellarer’s range with a parlour and guest house...
Seventeenth Century Achievement of Arms above fireplace

Seventeenth Century Achievement of Arms above fireplace

The conservation and cleaning of this polychromed Achievement of Arms resulted from undertaking a detailed condition report into a number of aspects of polychromy associated with the entire building fabric of St James Priory, Bristol. The project received funding from...
Short history of St James Priory

Short history of St James Priory

The Priory was founded c 1129 The Priory was founded c 1129 by Robert First Earl of Gloucester who built Bristol’s stone castle and made donations to a number of religious orders. He was the illegitimate grandson of William the Conqueror. St James was the first of a...