At the Top of Christmas Steps

Mid 1960's

January 2000:  the cable is still there draped across the top of the monument after thirty-five years!

The little round plate at the top says 'A.D. rebuilt 1881'.

The main text says:-

"THIS STREET WAS STEPPERED DONE & FINISHED SEPTEMBER 1669 THE RIGHT WOR (shipful) THOMAS STEVENS ESQ THEN MAYOR HUMPHRY LITTLE AND RICHARD HART SHERRIFFES THE RIGHT WOR(shipful) ROBERT YEAMANS KNT & BARRONET MAYOR ELECT CHARLES POWELL & EDWARD HORNE SHERRIFFS ELECT OF THIS CITTY BY AND AT THE COST OF JONATHAN BLACKWELL ESQ FORMERLY SHERRIFFE OF THIS CITTY AND AFTERWARDS ALDERMAN OF THE CITTY OF LONDON & BY YE SAID SIR ROBERT YEAMANS WHEN MAYOR AND ALDERMAN OF THIS CITTY NAMED QUEENE STREETE.

 

Before this time, the way had been a dangerous path (especially on dark wet winter nights) used as a short cut up out of the City. Originally the new path was to be called 'Queene Street'.
One source mentions that before the rebuilding, the path was know as Lonsford's Stairs because a Royalist Officer of that name was killed at the top during the siege of Bristol during the Civil War (1642-1649).

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