The Well, Centre for Spirituality, Westbury on Trym

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The Well, Centre for Spirituality, Elsie Briggs House, is a small, 15th Century Hall House in Westbury on Trym. (It can be seen on the right of the photograph). It has been open as a place of contemplative prayer since 1991. It was bequeathed to the Anglican Diocese of Bristol by Dr Elsie Briggs in 1981, and is administered by a Management Committee. There is normally a resident Warden.

The House has a particular quality of silence and peace, arising from the on-going Christ-centred prayer that is central to its existence. It is a place of hospitality; members of any faith and none are warmly welcome. It has a beautiful garden, affiliated to the Quiet Garden Movement.

The House can be used by anyone for some time during a day or a whole Quiet Day or few days, by arrangement with the Warden.

Regular events:
1st & 3rd Tuesday afternoon: Julian Group 2-3 pm;
Every Tuesday afternoon: 3-5 pm Open afternoon, cups of tea, etc., social gathering, followed by 5-6 pm Shared Silence (People come & go quietly during the time).
Every Wednesday: Centering Prayer Group - check with Warden
Every Thursday: WCCM (World Community of Christian Meditators)
1st Friday: Taize Group 8 pm
All of the above are open to visitors, everyone is welcome.


Centre for Spirituality Elsie Briggs House 38 Church Road, Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS9 3EQ, United Kingdom


Grid reference: ST 57161 77470
Note: Satnav BS9 3EQ can come up as Parish Office for Trinity Church, same directions but look for the medieval House on the right-hand side before the Church.

By car: From the M5 (both directions) leave at J17 and follow A4018 into the village
By public transport (rail/bus): No. 1 bus stops in the village, short walk to the House
Rail: Bristol Temple Meads station and then No 1 bus towards Cribbs Causeway
On foot: From the village head for the Parish Church. The House is on the right-hand side of the road before the Church.


Unfortunately there is no disabled access at this time.
There is a toilet in the House, and a garden - regret neither with disabled access.
Tea/coffee/etc., and biscuits are offered. There are 2 basic bedrooms for retreatants.
Individuals or groups are welcome to book for quiet days - please contact the warden.
The Hospitaller is normally available, though contact before coming is essential.

Hospitaller/Contact Person

Frances Henley Lock,
Elsie Briggs House
38 Church Road
Westbury on Trym

Tel: 0117 950 7242


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