St Mark's, the Lord Mayor's chapel, otherwise known as Gaunt's Chapel and originating as a hospital endowed to the Order of Bonshommes, lies on the far side of College Green from St Augustine's Abbey, now Bristol's Anglican Cathedral. On ceremonial occasions during the year, therefore, there would be opportunities for the Lord Mayor and his Aldermen and Councillors to process in meaningful, ritual pomp between his own religious building and the cathedral, the city's principal religious foundation. Tradition suggested that the chapel faced north-east rather than east in alignment with the lands of its founders, the Berkeley family. The orientation is much more likely to have derived from the shape of the hospital's property plot and its street frontage, however.
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