For Community Information, see Bristol on JCR-UK. Bristol Hebrew Congregation Information on JCR-UK includes spread sheets of cemetery and burial details and photographs of headstones. The Bristol Cemetery Database is now part of the All UK Database
There was a medieval Jewish Cemetery in Bristol in use from some time after 1177 until 1290. Current community dates from about 1740. See Jewish Cemeteries in the West of England by Rabbi B. Susser (part of the Susser Archive)
JOWBR burial listings. [August 2010]
Ridgeway Cemetery, Fishponds: No Postal Facilities at Cemetery. Person to contact about grave locations: Mr. S. Silverman, 36 Oakdale Court, Downend, Bristol BS16 6DU, England, United Kingdom. No burial cards have biographical data, next-of-kin info, or funeral director information. Bristol Hebrew Congregation, 9 Park Row, Bristol 1, England, United Kingdom used this cemetery. The cemetery is not land-marked nor is there a caretaker. This cemetery was established in 1898. (Some 18th Century graves were moved there from another cemetery.) Noteworthy individuals buried in cemetery: Joseph Abraham-First Mayor of Bristol (1865); Helen (Strimer) Bloom-First Lord Mayor of Bristol (1971). The Orthodox cemetery is active. The isolated suburban flat land is reached by turning directly off a public road. Access is open with permission. A continuous masonry wall and a gate that locks surround the cemetery. The cemetery is divided into special sections for Cohanim and suicides. Date of oldest gravestone: 1814 (from previous cemetery) but tombstones in the cemetery date from the 18th century. About 100-500 gravestones are in the cemetery in original location with less than 25% toppled or broken. The marble, granite, limestone, and sandstone tombstone and memorial markers are finely smoothed and inscribed stones, flat stones with carved relief decoration, double tombstones, multi-stone monuments, horizontally set stones, or flat, low inground plaques. Some have metal fences. Inscriptions are in English and Hebrew. The cemetery contains special memorial monuments to Jewish soldiers: Memorial plaque in chapel for both World Wars.
The present owner of the cemetery property is the Bristol Jewish Burial Society (Chevrah Chadisha.) Properties adjacent to the cemetery are residential. Occasionally, private visitors stop. The cemetery was vandalized occasionally in the last ten years. Past maintenance: re-erection of stones, patching of broken stones, cleaning of stones, clearing of vegetation, fixing of wall, and fixing of gate by the cemetery owners. Current Care: occasional clearing or cleaning. Within the limits of the cemetery is a chapel. Vandalism (destruction or defacement of stones and graves), uncontrolled access, and weather erosion are a slight threat. The vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is a seasonal problem.
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