St James' Priory, seen from the east (below), and from the Horsefair to the north (right), was closely associated, as many medieval urban churches were, with a market-place. In this case the marketing took place within the churchyard, the location of the annual week-long St James's Fair. However, the traditional use of the open area on the north of the church for Bristol's horse-fair may point to an older association between exchange and ritual at this site outside the town walls.
The church on the right in the larger photograph was a nineteenth-century structure, the so-called 'Scotch Church' of Bristol.
Other pictures of, and information about St James' can be found on the web-site 'About Bristol', by clicking here.A medieval image of St James
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