Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Sorry, No Ghost

The Queen's House at Greenwich was built by architect and stage designer Inigo Jones for James I's Queen, Anne of Austria, and her daughter-in-law, Henrietta Maria.  Work was completed in 1635. It is claimed to be the earliest neo-classical building in Britain and to contain the earliest example in Britain of a spiral staircase without a central support.

TheTulip Staircase- so called because the ornamental ironwork of the banisters is believed to represent tulips (more probably fleur de lys- in tribute to Henrietta Maria's French origins)- was where in 1966 a Canadian clergyman inadvertently shot one of the most famous- and convincing- photographs of a ghost ever taken. I took several snaps, but nothing untoward turned up on any of them. Swizz!

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