History of Grant Giving Charities

Bristol Charities has, over the years, administered endowment funds on behalf of a number of Charities.

In 1973, 2001 and 2015 the Charity received Charity Commission permission to “pool” or consolidate a number of charities and today the Charity delivers it’s grant giving programme through four main areas. It is important however to recognise and remember those individuals and benefactors who have contributed to the rich history of Philanthropy and Charitable Support, both within the charity and also in Bristol. Their legacy has made a significant contribution to shaping the City and making it the vibrant, thriving community it is today.

Description of Grant Giving Charities



Charitable Object

Merchant Tailors Charity


Pensions and accommodation for Tailors or widows of tailors

Dr George Owen's Charity


Pensions and accommodation for poor men

Alderman Thomas Chesters Charity


General relief of poor people in the parish of St John and the relief of residents in St James Almshouse

Alderman Robert Kitchen’s Charity


Grants to poor kindred of the founder certain ecclesiastical charities or incumbents poor people of Bristol, Freeman or widows of Freemen




Charitable Object

Thomas Holbyn's Charity


On St Thomas' day payments would be made to the poor people of the parish of St Thomas Bristol. In addition a yearly sermon would be preached on that day at St Thomas church

The Rev Dr Thomas White’s Charity for Marriage patrons


Preference was given to young women on marriage

Rev Dr Thomas White Grays Inn Lane Trust also Essex Estates


The Building of an ecclesiastical College and Almshouse within the City of London - to house 20 people - 4 from Bristol

The Sion Hospital Pensions


Pensions to the poor of Bristol or elsewhere who through age, infirmity or illness are in need

Mr Edward Coxs Charity


Charitable purposes for poor apprentice boys decayed handicraftmen especially within the parish of St Phillips

Humphrey Browns Charity for the poor of the Parish of Iron Acton


For the poor of the Parish of Iron Acton

Alderman George Harringtons Charity


For Freeman of the City or their widows

Alderman Joseph Jackson’s Charity


Weekly payments to poor housekeepers




Charitable Object

Francis Fullers Charity


Those in need in the Parish of St Philip and St Jacob Bristol

Sarah Ridley Pension Charity


To build Ridley Almshouse and later to pay pensions to poor persons and of the Protestant religion

The Rev Dr Charles Sloper Charity


For bibles for poor people and also funds for poor people within the City of Bristol

Sir Abraham Elton’s Charity


Preference for the residents of St Werburghs

Mrs Ann Thurstons Charity


Poor lying-in women, wives of Freeman of the City of Bristol

Bristol Dispensary & Relief in Sickness Charity & A J Williams Memorial Charity


For relief in sickness of residents within 10 miles of the city centre

Bristol & District Nursing Association


Institution located in College Green

Miss Ann Casa Majors Charity


Payment made to the rector of St Stephen’s Church

John Merlotts Charity for the Blind


Pensions to blind people resident in Great Britain over 50 years of age




Charitable Object

Bristol Female Misericordia Society


For the relief of the sick and married women in child birth

Miss Elizabeth Ludlow’s Charity


Widows or daughters of Freeman of the City of Bristol

Samuel Gist’s Charity


To maintain men, women, boys and girls at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital and Red Maids School

Richard Reynolds II Charity


To make grants to certain named institutions or other charitable objects

Clifton Dispensary


An institution for persons who had no other means of seeking medical assistance

Thomas Bonville’s Charity for poor housekeepers


Housekeepers, resident in Bristol

Richard Hughes Educational Charities


Income distributed to Strangers Friend Society, Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital and Red Maids School

Thomas Bonville Charity for poor residents


Preference for people regularly attending Divine Worship

Mrs Mary Ann Peloguin’s Charity


Preference for lying-in women particularly wives of Freeman of the City and residents in the Parish of St Stephens

Richard Reynolds Charity


Income to Almshouse Charities

Red Lodge Reformatory Fund


Grants to Institutions or Societies in or near Bristol to rescue and care for criminal or neglected girls and young women

Bristol Guild of the Handicapped Trust

1866 -1923

To meet the needs of physically handicapped children and younger men

Edmund Lanes Charity


Preference for traders or former traders

Bristol Medical Missionary Society


Dispensary at 7 Redcross St to render free medical aid to the poor and to work to reclaim those who had fallen into evil ways

Lady Sarah Haberfields Charity


Payments to poor married women who were not receiving poor law relief

Read Dispensary Fund


Grants to sick women and children of Bristol who are referred by their doctors

Mary Carpenter Memorial


For the benefit of poor girls and boys in Bristol

Shirehampton Temperance Society


To further the cause of temperance in Shirehampton and other charitable purposes in Shirehampton

The Edward Phillips Trust


The relief or deserving needy persons either by gifts, apprentancy boys and girls to learn trades or by granting assistance to widows

Miss Hanah Marriott’s Trust


Annuities to women of good character in needy circumstances over 50 years of age

Miss Margaret Edgars Charity


Preference for spinsters not less than 50 years of age

Webbs Home Trust


Relief of need for residents in Bristol




Charitable Object

Alice Cole Charity for Poor Householders. Alice Cole Charity for the poor of the Parish of St James. Alice Coles Educational Foundation


For the poor of Bristol. Churchwarden of the Parish of St James. A free school for poor children

Alderman John Whitsons charities for poor women in childbirth and lying-in women. Poor householders and poor widows


Preference given to lying-in women and poor men over the age of 50

Mrs Catherine Mary Castle’s Trust


Preference for women who are resident in Bristol or in the counties of Gloucestershire or Somerset being members of the Church of England

Miss Ellen Marrott’s Charity


Preference for women

Furber Fund Furber


Creation of a housing charity

Ministers Fund


Income towards salary of the minister of Wesley Memorial Church and Sunday School Christmas party

Furber Poor Fund


Distribution of coal to poor persons of Bryant’s Hill

Charity of William Barrow


Preference for widows with children, particularly those living in the Totterdown or Bedminster districts

Leir Fund


Assist soldiers born in Bristol who were wholly or partially blinded in the First World War. Grants towards the cost of rods or equipment for apprentices

Reginald Williams Memorial


Payments to Bristol Sailors Home for old or disabled sailors in Bristol, also to assist young men to become marine engineers

Henry Herbert Wills Trust


For poor deserving persons

Mrs M S Phillips Annuitants & Augustus Phillips Charity


Preference for widows or spinsters over 55 years of age

Soldiers Corner Arnos Vale Cemetery


Upkeep and maintenance of graves and memorial in Arnos Vale Cemetery

Hooks Mills Educational Foundation


To assist students by means of grants scholarships and bursaries. Making grants for the purpose of religious and secular education

Sailors College Charity


Preference for sailors connected with the port of Bristol or widows or daughters of such sailors

William Emmett Habgood Charity


Preference for men over 50 years of age particularly those who are or were tradesmen or shop keepers of Bristol

L E & J Yeadon Charity


To assist in the life of poor persons in Bristol and district being (a) spastics (b) over 60 years of age or (c) children under 18

Charity of Edith Louisa Garlick


Preference for women over 50 years of age

James Yeadon Charity


For persons over 60 years of age or young persons under 18 years of age

Bristol Humane Society


For the maintenance of life buoys in Bristol and then later, to provide grants to organisations connected with the encouragement of swimming - life saving at sea and youth activities

Miss Hannah Ludlow’s Charity


For the benefit of women of respectable character and position, but impoverished by unavoidable circumstances

Westbury on Trym Consolidated Charities


Payments to those in need

Bishop Memorial Fund


To benefit people at Trinity Hospital South (John Barstaple House) in relief or sickness, to help relatives to visit or in other ways

Hall Houghton’s Charity


For relief in sickness of residents in parishes of St Barnabus and St Werburgh

Bristol Lying in Charity


Income divided between 15 parishes to make grants to poor mothers

Bristol Migration Charity


To aid poor people resident in Bristol to migrate

George Thomas Fund


Grants to Bristol residents aged under 25, for education including fees, scholarships, special clothing or tools required for training

Bristol Shipping Staff Charity


For the relief of needy persons, or their dependents, employed in or retired from shipping - building, broking or reparing industries within a 10 mile radius of Bristol city centre. To promote education in matters relating to the shipping industry in the same area

John Pearce’s Charity

Not known (1983)

Paid to the Diocese of Bristol




Charitable Object

Jackson Roeckel Teachers Association

Not known

Annuities to bona fide teachers who may have been reduced in circumstances

Barry T Jones Fund


To provide grants to charitable independent schools engaged in secondary education within the City and County of Bristol

Ella Mary Merchant Fund


Grants to women and men responsible for the care of the elderly or infirm relatives

“I cannot thank you enough for helping me get a proper bed. I have been on a camp bed for 5 weeks. I have a spinal problem…that has got worse. Today I got an orthopedic three quarter bed, with a nice metal frame. It is so comfortable. Thank you so much. I medically needed a bed and I am looking forward to sleeping in comfort.
With gratitude.”

— Ms R. R - Grant recipient

Dear Sir, Madam and all who do the magnificent work at Bristol Charities,

You recently donated £120 to my mother, who has a damaged spine and neck; making sleeping very painful.

I got a memory foam from Bristol Bed Maker with other funds to make up the shortfall. It is wonderful!!! Thank you so much it really makes a difference!

— Mr G. B

Thanking you very much for the carpet you supplied to me. After many months of homelessness, I am now settled in my new flat.

Your generosity and kindness has helped me greatly and the contractors did a great job. Once again, Thank you.

— Mr R. M

Thank you to Bristol Charities and supplier for the Russel Hobbs oven which is brill! I had my first roast dinner this week.

Well done and I hope I can give back one day.

— Mr R. A

The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ