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What is the history of a staircase?

Posted on Sun January 13th 2019 by James Speke

The actual history of stairs dates back to when early humans would tie together logs, or stack rocks together to gain access to high ground, as well as entrances to their early structures, such as huts and caves. As the centuries rolled on, and the human race grew in sophistication – as did the complexity and design of staircases – with the Egyptians, in particular, designing incredibly staircases as part of the design and build of their pyramids.

To fully understand the history of staircases though, a careful distinction needs to be made between internal and external staircases. It was in Medieval times when internal staircases in England first became popular, simply because buildings were becoming bigger, and grander. If you visit any of Britains cathedrals, you will notice spiral staircases climbing up into the tallest towers of the building. As homes in the UK became grander, a central staircase became the grandest feature within the home. A visit around some of the stately homes in the UK will reveal some truly stunning staircases, which have been designed to make a massive impact.

As time has gone on, all buildings with more than one floor have had stair installed. Even skyscrapers with hundreds of floors still require stairs to be fitted, used by only the fittest of residents, and often with their use reserved for an emergency situation, where a lift can be broken.

At UK Stair Parts, we like to think that our products go someway into helping and maintaining some of the UK’s oldest and most impressive staircases, with customers buying stair parts from us including someone looking for a spindle for a broken staircase, right across to staircase renovation experts buying the highest quality oak stair parts for use in an older staircase.

You can view the full range of staircases across our site, and as always – just get in touch if you have any questions.