Austin Friary, Bristol

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Austin Fiary, Bristol
Austin Friary, Bristol is located in Bristol
Austin Friary, Bristol
Location within Bristol
General information
Architectural style monastic
Town or city Bristol
Country England
Coordinates 51°27′01″N 2°35′03″W / 51.450283°N 2.584094°W / 51.450283; -2.584094
Construction started 13th century
Demolished 16th century

Austin Friary, Bristol was an Augustinian friary in Bristol, England. It was established in 1313, when Simon de Montecute gave 100 square feet (9.3 m2) of land within the Temple Gate of Bristol.[1] Further gifts of land were made by William de Montecute and Thomas of Berkeley during the next thirty years.[2]

The monks constructed a pipe to supply themselves with water from a reservoir on the west bank of the Avon. This reservoir was fed from a spring, Ravenswell, in the cliff rising to Totterdown from the Avon. The pipe remained in use for water supply to the Temple district until the nineteenth century.[3]

The prior and six remaining friars surrendered the friary and the remaining furniture and vestments[4] to commissioner Richard Yngworth in 1538, during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.[2]

No traces of the buildings survive today. The area has been extensively redeveloped since the eighteenth century and is now occupied by the headquarters of Bristol & West, a commercial bank which is a subsidiary of the Bank of Ireland.


  1. ^ "Bristol Austin Friary". Pastscape. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Friaries - Bristol". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Weare, p.102-105
  4. ^ Weare, p.80-81

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Coordinates: 51°27′01″N 2°35′03″W / 51.450283°N 2.584094°W / 51.450283; -2.584094 (Austin Friary, Bristol (site))