Explore the City's Ancient Alleyways in the Footsteps of Charles Dickens
Walk past the drinking fountain. We'll turn left onto Cornhill Street here, but we need to be on the opposite side of the road. Cross over in your own time, and continue up Cornhill with the traffic on your left..
In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol', Bob Cratchit slides down Cornhill 20 times in honour of it being Christmas Eve. In those days, White Christmases were much more common than today. It was the publication of this story that really established the idea of a snow bedecked festival of giving. This is the image still presented on Christmas cards even though there was never snow in Bethlehem at the birth of Christ, and there is hardly ever snow here at Christmas.