7. This was the Hotwells entrance to the Clifton Rocks underground funicular railway. The preservation people have started a programme of refurbishment, but, sadly, it seem impossible to rebuilt the railway itself. The busy A4 passes by literally where the people are standing in the above picture.
In the area round Bethlehem (south of Jerusalem) the news began to spread, courtesy of the shepherds.
All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said. Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them. The shepherds went back, singing praises to God for all they had heard and seen; it had been just as the angel had told them.
The people had plenty to concern them, more worrying than the insignificant birth of a baby, however meaningful it might be in the future. They were ruled by the Romans; their (Jewish@) King was old and there was no obvious successor from within the corrupt and immoral Herodian family. There were always rumours of a revolt against Rome but they needed a Leader.
Maybe an old man ...
@ Jewish- Racially, Herod was not Jewish - he was an Edomite. The Edomites had converted to Judaism and Herod was thus brought up in the Jewish tradition.