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Stair Spandrel
A triangular section of panelling used to enclose the area under a flight of stairs. Also spelled Spandril

stair spandrel

A spandrel is an odd shaped usually triangular, architectural feature. In stair construction it refers to the panelling under the sloping sections of a stair that provides space for storage and even rooms under stairs like the grand one shown above.

The stair above is close to 3M. or 10ft wide. While the normal view of the staircase side on may not reveal any doors it was common when this stair was built to provide access to the under stairs areas for storage and servants quarters. The terms "below the stairs" and "upstairs downstairs" come to mind.

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