Endeavouring to give the reader some idea of the nature of the route traversed by the Queen, we would recall the fact that the town stands on a long hill, and from the level of the Great Western rails to St. Peter's Churchyard, close to the statue is a height of no less than seventy five feet, whilst from the same level to the bottom of Darlington Street, right in front of the statue, and length which the procession had to climb, is a length of some five hundred yards.
Thence straight for some three quarters of a mile, to the junction of the Stafford Road, and then up again to Queen Street, by Stafford Street, again to descend by Railway Street, and the Wednesfield Road to the Low Level Station. This may give an idea of the route of four miles. Along the whole length strong barricades were fixed about three feet high between the footpaths and the roadway. Where the width of the route would admit of it, as on Snow Hill and in one or two other wide streets, a considerable portion of the carriageway was left for the occupation of the public, and a moderate calculation gives spaces thus freely allotted to spectators, capable of holding a quarter of a million persons. In addition, upon every open space along the route, stands, platforms, and galleries were erected by the proprietors or by enterprising speculators who hoped, and did not hope in vain, to secure a large profit out of the public curiosity.