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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1210131
English Heritage Legacy ID: 368943
Location: Islington, London, WC1X
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
TQ3082NE GWYNNE PLACE
635-1/67/435 (East side)
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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