Mr Monkey scurried down Christmas Steps, which didn't seem quite so steep in daylight as they had at night*. Before Blackwell paid for the paving and steps, the street was just a steep and muddy short cut. At the bottom of the steps, Mr Monkey crossed the road and ran through St John's Gate, the only surviving medieval gateway into Bristol. He had been wondering why a medieval gate had a steeple, but it turned out that was because a 14th century merchant, Walter Frampton, built the church of St John on Wall on top of the gate.
* and after a bottle of wine.
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