The Staircase at Longner Hall

By Rob Pointon

The Staircase at Longner Hall

This spectacular staircase designed by famous architect John Nash (Brighton Pavilion, Marble Arch) presented an ideal subject matter for my love of wide-angle multi-level representation with many routes for your eye to travel down. The brightly painted walls, stained glass and mixture of natural and artificial light sources create some interesting unusual colour work. Staircase Hall: corridor has 5 plaster fan vaults with pendants, and fireplace with quatrefoil surround and shields; staircase off rising to landing in one flight and returning in 2 with wreathed wrought iron balustrade and apsidal end with ribs rising to Gothic frieze; staircase window contains glass by David Evans depicting 3 figures, one of them Edward Burton who died at Longner in 1558 and whose memorial is set in the grounds.

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