The Great Staircase


A fine piece of joinery from the Charles II period, the turned finials of the newel posts (the originals of which were cut off many years ago) are reflected in the painted design on the stairwell walls, only discovered in 1991. This is a rare survival of painted fictive balustrading, of which only half a dozen other examples are known.

The paintwork was conserved with funds provided by Hills of Swindon and English Heritage.

The Privy adjacent to the top of the first flight of the staircase is another rare and interesting survival.

 

The Great Staircase
Staircase leading up from First Floor

The Privy
The Privy