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St James is a Roman Catholic Church

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The Priory Church of St James is a Grade I listed building situated next to Bristol’s Bus Station.

St James does not have a Parish status.

Consequently, there is a need to raise donations to help maintain the church’s ongoing maintenance and support our charitable aims.

Please consider giving a Donation to continue to help us maintain this magnificent Grade 1-listed Church.




Eucharistic Adoration is from 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday.

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The Charity is reliant on donations to provide ongoing financial support for the upkeep of the Grade 1 listed St James Priory church.

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 the 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 the links for a summary of the work and important aspects of the conservation and development work.


Fascinating history and heritage of St James Priory

St James History Summary

The history of St James Priory 2000

Glass Art

Bradley Basso Architectural Glass at St James

Coat of Arms

Peter Martindale Article