St Giles's was one of three Bristol gate chapels which commemorated 'forest' saints and therefore were appropriate places to receive the invocation of travellers who were setting out into, or who had just arrived from the well-wooded hinterland of Bristol, particularly Kingswood north of the Avon. The others were the chapels of St Leonard and of John the Baptist. St Giles was said to have rescued a deer from the hunt of a Frankish king, Wamba.
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