St John the Baptist'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 St Giles. The Baptist represented the wilderness as a prophet in the Jordan desert, and is closely associated in wood-pasture regions in English medieval dedication patterns.
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