This modest pair of Victorian shops helped support the fine seventeenth-century group of buildings at the top of Christmas Steps but by 1980 had reached a stage of near collapse and demolition.
The Trust acquired the buildings from their respective owners and commissioned the architect Peter Ware to prepare a scheme for conversion into four flats with shops retained on the ground floor. A further flat was inserted at basement level by reinstating the rear gardens, with fine views over the medieval city.
With grant support from Bristol City Council and the Historic Buildings Council for England the buildings were conserved in 1984 and transferred to new owners. They have since continued to make an attractive contribution to historic Colston Street.