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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th February 1917 Born today: Phyllis Calvert, London, actress (Man in Grey)
18th February 1901 Born today: Reginald Sheffield, London England, actor (Second Chance)
18th February 1775 Born today: Thomas Girtin, London, artist/watercolorist
The Tulip Staircase
The striking staircase, scene of a famous 'ghost' photo.
Location: Queen's House, Greenwich
Description: The delightfully elegant Tulip Stairs in the Queen's House are the first geometric self-supporting spiral staircase erected in Great Britain.
Although it is traditionally called the 'tulip' staircase, it is thought that the stylized flowers in the wrought-iron balustrade are actually fleurs-de-lis - the emblem of the Bourbon family of which Queen Henrietta Maria (wife of Charles I) was a member.
It was this staircase that was the location of the Reverand R.W. Hardy's famous 'ghost' photograph taken on 19 June 1966, which, when developed revealed what appear to be two or three striking shrouded figures on the staircase.
Since then there have other unexplained incidents reported in the Queen's House, the most recent being in 2002.