The Great Stair

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The Great Stair

During his renovations, Bishop Morley added the Best or Great Stair. The stair stands in what was open courtyard between the Great Hall and the Bishop’s Camera.

The oak carving on the main newel posts is by the school of Grinling Gibbons.

Among the exotic fruits displayed on the posts are simple peapods, thought to be Grinling’s ‘signature’. Carving them closed at first, he only carved them open after he was paid. Local craftsmen probably carved the balusters.

spiral stone stair near the entrance to the Great Hall originally provided access to the Bishop’s Camera. Sealed at the top and bottom for nearly three hundred years, this stair remained hidden until rediscovered in the 1930s.