Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Philip & St Jacob's Church ("Pip'n'Jay"), Bristol
St Philip & St Jacob's Church ("Pip'n'Jay"),
Jacob Street / Tower Hill, BS2 0ET,
Bristol, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

"The Church of St Philip and Jacob, Jacob-street, is a plain structure in the early English style of architecture. The living is a vicarage in the patronage of J.S. Harford, Esq., and trustees, value £440 per annum." [Extract from Webster & Co.'s Postal and Commercial Directory of the City of Bristol, and County of Glamorgan, 1865]

The Bristol Town Plan of 1885 shows there was a large graveyard surrounding St Philip & St James's Church on its north, west and south sides, by then disused. The east side of the church abutted Church Alley, which connected to John Street by Slopers Lane, which bisected the site of a former Benedictine Priory. Today these streets have been subsumed by Temple Way, and the Temple Way Underpass (A4044).

It is believed to have been the chapel belonging to the Priory, becoming a parish church during the 12th Century, and in 1388 was granted to the Abbey of Tewkesbury.

The account of St Philip's Priory on the About Bristol website records that it was occupied by the Parliamentary forces during the Civil War, but "after the Royalists recaptured the city in 1643, large amounts of rosemary were purchased in order to cleanse the building".

In recent years it has experienced a revival, now known as "Pip'n'Jays", with an Evangelical congregation.


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference ST5947973002. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Bristol, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 9 Jun 2013 at 15:00.

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This Report was created 9 Aug 2022 - 20:11:39 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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