St. Lawrence, Mereworth

The two unusual staircases in this church were recently brought to my attention by Adam Stone. He has kindly allowed his photographs to be shared here.

Both stairs are made from solid oak treads, which are connected together with a dove tail joint. The treads are built into the stone walls and appear to have a lead joint keeping them in place.

Both staircases are in the vestibule, under the tower.

The church was built between 1744 and 1746. The architect is unknown, but it has been suggested that James Gibbs or Roger Morris are likely contenders. ┬áThe church was built for John Fane the 7th Earl of Westmorland. He had previously commissioned the rebuilding of Mereworth Castle, which is a copy of Palladio’s Villa Rotunda.

The flight with the heavy balustrade leads to the gallery at the back of the nave. The other flight leads up to the trapdoor in the tower.

 

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