Architecture / Features & Decoration
Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)
Staircase in the Servants' Staircase and Lobby. An enclosed spiral staircase from the west ground floor corridor to the lobby between the Eating Room, North Corridor cupboard and Entrance Hall. From the ground floor there are twelve stone steps. These have been roughly gouged in a diamond pattern to provide an area of grip on the tread. The remaining eleven steps are timber. The stone steps are enclosed by plaster walls and there are no handrails. Where the stairs are timber there is a balustrade on the right-hand side and on the upper section of the left-hand side. The balustrade is comprised of square newel posts with curved bannisters between. Underneath the timber counter for serving food in the Entrance Hall (CMS 774119), the balustrade is composed of newel posts, turned baulsters and a bannister across the stairwell. The newel posts and a batten across them support the timber counter for serving food in the Entrance Hall.