Saint Mark’s, the Lord Mayor's Chapel

Saint Mark’s, the Lord Mayor's Chapel

The only remaining building of the 13th century Hospital of Saint Mark.

The Hospital of Saint Mark was founded in 1220 by Maurice de Gaunt, grandson and heir to Robert Fitzharding, first Baron Berkeley.

The function of the Hospital was to provide food and care for one hundred poor people per day. The Hospital and its work continued for over three hundred years until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the Hospital and its lands were purchased by the Corporation of Bristol in 1541 for the sum of £1,000.

In 1722 the Chapel became the official place of worship of the Mayor and Corporation, and has remained so ever since.

The Lord Mayor's chapel is normally open to the public:

  • from 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Saturday
  • at 10 a.m. on Sundays for worship only

These days and times may vary due to holiday or illness.

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