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16 June 2015

Climb the Tulip Staircase

In just over a month the Queen’s House in Greenwich closes for refurbishment for nearly a year, with reopening set for the beginning of July 2016, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the building. That means you have only a few weeks before the closure to climb the Tulip Stairs - the first geometric self-supporting spiral stair in Britain - which is named after the flowers on its iron balustrade, even though they are really fleurs-de-lis.

Things being what they are, the staircase also has its own ghost story, based around a picture taken by Canadian couple the Reverend and Mrs Hardy in June 1966, although this seems unlikely to be true.

For more, see http://www.rmg.co.uk/queens-house/great-hall

^Picture © Kevan used under a Creative Commons license^

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