Parliament Street

FIND THESE STEPS – From Hill Street, near Premier House on Tinakori Road, between 115 and 119 Hill Street. But really, don’t bother.

This little set of steps remains as a grim reminder of the effects of the building of the motorway through Thorndon. It was once, apparently, quite impressive, and described by Ms Irvine-Smith, before the Wellington Urban Motorway was built in the 1960s – 1970s:

Off this street [Hill Street] run several of Thorndon’s little ways. First to the right is Parliament Street from which a good view may be obtained of the group of the Houses of Parliament. It is a characteristic little suburban street of these parts, running up steeply to a summit, thence making on the other side a descent so steep that it resolves itself into a series of steps (101 of them) leading by six flights to the street below. Poor postman! (‘Streets of My City’ page 167)

Now? Well, not so large or so interesting, or even useful.

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No longer a good view of the Houses of Parliament – the motorway instead.

You reach the steps by passing through a small housing development, which apparently also assisted in the destruction of the older steps. Now reduced to 76 steps, they are a combination of new wooden construction and old concrete – probably left from the original staircases.

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The steps really go nowhere – just to a car park now.
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Remains of the previous steps described by Ms Irvine-Smith?

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