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This list of the monastic houses in Bristol includes abbeys, priories, friaries and other monastic religious houses in Bristol.

Alien houses are included, as are smaller establishments such as cells and notable monastic granges (particularly those with resident monks), and also camerae of the military orders of monks (Knights Templars and Knights Hospitaller). Monastic hospitals are included where they had the status or function of an abbey, priory, friary or preceptor/commandery.

Abbreviations and key
Status of remains
Symbol Status
None Ruins
* Current monastic function
+ Current non-monastic ecclesiastic function (including remains incorporated into later structure)
^ Current non-ecclesiastic function (including remains incorporated into later structure) or redundant intact structure
$ Remains limited to earthworks etc.
# No identifiable trace of the monastic foundation remains
~ Exact site of monastic foundation unknown
Identification ambiguous or confused

Locations with names in italics indicate possible duplication (misidentification with another location) or non-existent foundations (either erroneous reference or proposed foundation never implemented) or ecclesiastical establishments with a monastic name but lacking actual monastic connection.

EH English Heritage
LT Landmark Trust
NT National Trust

Foundation Image Communities and provenance Formal name or dedication
and alternative names
References and location
Bedminster Monastery possible Saxon monastic or secular foundation
parochial church of St John probably built on site, rebuilt 1854, destroyed by bombing in World War II

51°26′24″N 2°35′55″W / 51.4399232°N 2.5985026°W / 51.4399232; -2.5985026 (Bedminster Monastery (probable loc.)) (probable)
Bristol Austin Friars # Augustinian Friars (under the Limit of Oxford)
founded 1313 by Sir Simon and Sir William Montacute;
vacation house for alien students 1362;
dissolved September 1538; granted to Maurice Dennis c.1543

51°27′01″N 2°35′03″W / 51.450283°N 2.584094°W / 51.450283; -2.584094 (Bristol Austin Friars (site))
Bristol Blackfriars ^ Dominican Friars (under the Visitation of London)
founded 1227/8 by Sir Maurice [de] Gaunt;
dissolved 10 September 1528 (1538?); granted to William Chester; subsequently The Friars Quaker meeting house; then Bristol Register Office; currently in use as a restaurant

51°27′26″N 2°35′16″W / 51.457296°N 2.58772°W / 51.457296; -2.58772 (Black Friary, Bristol (site))
Bristol Eremites Friars # Friars Eremites

51°26′52″N 2°35′10″W / 51.447842°N 2.586132°W / 51.447842; -2.586132 (Bristol Eremites Friars (site))
Bristol Friars of the Sack # Friars of the Sack
founded before 1266;
dissolved after 1286; friars had left before 1322, though church continued in use

51°27′17″N 2°35′54″W / 51.454655°N 2.598261°W / 51.454655; -2.598261 (Bristol Sack Friars (site))
Bristol Greyfriars # Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual (under the Custody of Bristol)
founded before 1230/34; dissolved 10 September 1538; granted to Mayor and citizens of Bristol c.1541
Saint Francis

51°27′29″N 2°35′44″W / 51.4580983°N 2.5956488°W / 51.4580983; -2.5956488 (Bristol Greyfriars (site))
Bristol Whitefriars # Carmelite Friars
founded 1256/1267 by Edward, Prince of Wales (the future Edward I); dissolved 1538; site successively occupied by a mansion and a boys' school; site now occupied by Colston Hall
The Blessed Virgin Mary

51°27′17″N 2°35′54″W / 51.454655°N 2.598261°W / 51.454655; -2.598261 (Bristol Whitefriars (site))
St James's Priory, Bristol + Stjameschurch.jpg Benedictine monks
founded 1120s, built by Robert, Earl of Gloucester, son of Henry I; dissolved 1539; granted to Henry Brayne c.1543; nave in parochial use 1374; fell into disuse 1980s; in custodianship of the Little Brothers of Nazareth since 1996
The Priory Church of Saint James, Bristol

51°27′31″N 2°35′35″W / 51.458596°N 2.593036°W / 51.458596; -2.593036 (Bristol — St James's Priory)
Bristol — St Mary Magdalen Nunnery # King David Inn on the site of the Priory of St Mary Magdalen, Bristol.jpg Augustinian Canonesses
founded 1173 by Eva, widow of Robert Fitzharding;
also given as Benedictine
dissolved 1536; granted to Henry Brayne and John Marsh;
King David Inn built on site
St Mary Magdalene

51°27′26″N 2°35′52″W / 51.45719°N 2.59782°W / 51.45719; -2.59782 (Bristol — St Mary Magdalen Nunnery (site))
Bristol — St Philip's Priory St Philip and Jacob, Bristol.jpg Benedictine monks
founded c.900
The Church of Saint Philip and Saint Jacob, Bristol

51°27′18″N 2°35′06″W / 51.454969°N 2.584987°W / 51.454969; -2.584987 (Bristol — St Philip's Priory)
Bristol — St Stephen's Priory Church of St Stephen, Bristol.jpg Benedictine monks
recorded as a cell dependent on Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset

Bristol Cathedral Abbey: St Augustine's Abbey, Bristol + Bristol.cathedral.west.front.arp.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular — Victorine
founded 1140-2 by Robert Fitzharding; first canons transferred from Shobdon Priory, Herefordshire (1120 or) 1148;
dissolved 9 December 1539;
episcopal diocesan cathedral founded 1542; extant
The Abbey Church of Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bristol

The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Bristol

51°27′06″N 2°36′02″W / 51.45161°N 2.600536°W / 51.45161; -2.600536 (Bristol Cathedral Abbey)
Bristol Preceptory Temple Church Bristol Jan10.jpg Knights Templar
church built on site of templar church, now in ruins

51°27′08″N 2°35′12″W / 51.452095°N 2.586744°W / 51.452095; -2.586744 (Bristol Preceptory)
Westbury Priory 061203 ukbris wotch 01.jpg Saxon minster, college of secular priests
founded 716; granted to Worcester Cathedral 824;
probably destroyed in Danish raids 9th century;
Benedictine monks
refounded c.963–964 by Bishop Oswald;
12 monks transferred to new site at Ramsey Abbey, Huntingdonshire 972; priory lapsed thereafter; refounded c.1093, cell dependent on Worcester; lapsed before c.1112; refounded 1125; college of secular priests 1194; parochial church built on site
The Priory Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Westbury on Trym
Westbury on Trym Priory;
Westbury Minster

51°29′40″N 2°37′02″W / 51.494537°N 2.6171923°W / 51.494537; -2.6171923 (Westbury Priory)
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