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Riceyman Steps

A Grade II Listed Building in Clerkenwell, London

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Latitude: 51.5274 / 51°31'38"N

Longitude: -0.114 / 0°6'50"W

OS Eastings: 530926

OS Northings: 182625

OS Grid: TQ309826

Mapcode National: GBR L6.KN

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.ZV2Z

Entry Name: Riceyman Steps

Listing Date: 30 September 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1210131

English Heritage Legacy ID: 368943

Location: Islington, London, WC1X

County: London

District: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Clerkenwell

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Clerkenwell Holy Redeemer

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


635-1/67/435 (East side)
Riceyman Steps


Flight of 20 steps, formerly 'Plum Pudding Steps' now
'Riceyman Steps'. Pedestrian access connecting Gwynne Place
and thus King's Cross Road to Granville Square: functions as
only entrance to square from west where ground falls sharply
away; situated between exterior side walls of two houses (nos.
33 & 34) (q.v.) in Granville Square. 1841-1843; possibly
rebuilt mid C19. Original design probably by John Booth,
Surveyor to the Lloyd Baker Estate. Granite steps with York
paving stones to landings. Bottom two steps lead to 1st
landing; next flight of 15 steps leads to 2nd landing; top
flight of 11 steps enters Granville Square. Bottom two steps
approximately 20 feet in width; upper flights approximately 15
feet wide. In the 1850s the Metropolitan Railway was
constructed beneath the SW corner of Granville Square and nos.
29-38 were demolished and rebuilt in 1864-1865. Gwynne Place,
originally called Granville Place, below the steps was
essentially destroyed in the Second World War. In the 1960s
Gwynne Place was demolished to build a car park but the steps
remained. In 1971 the London Ryan Hotel was planned to
straddle the steps but they were again retained. Always known
locally as 'Plum Pudding Steps' until 1923 when they were
popularized as 'Riceyman Steps' in honour of Arnold Bennett's
novel of the same name.
(The Squares of Islington: Cosh, Mary: The Squares of
Islington Part I: Finsbury and Clerkenwell: Islington: 1990-:

Listing NGR: TQ3092682625

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