sleaford maltings | between a rock and a hard place

By cruel coincidence, I'd shown Marlon "The Haunting" (d. Robert Wise, 1963) the previous night. One of the best ghost films ever made, it featured several scenes on a spiral staircase not unlike this one.

Except the staircase in The Haunting had lost its fixings and was precariously close to collapse.

Detail of the first rungs of the spiral staircase. © Simon Cornwell 2009