Beningbrough Hall - Great staircase

This is as grand a public space as the adjoining Hall, with similarly elaborate plasterwork and vaulting. Family and guests would process from up these stairs to the Saloon on the floor above. The cantilevered stairs are now unfortunately too fragile to be used, but the wooden balustrades, delicately carved to resemble wrought iron, can still be admired.

The massive English mahogany commode has equally well-carved lion heads on its corners. Above it hangs a bird's-eye view of the North Front of Beningbrough Hall painted by the little-known Bouttats and Chapman in 1751.

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Great staircase, Beningbrough Hall

Great staircase, Beningbrough Hall
© NT/Robert Thrift

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