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Following on from the rather disappointing photo which I uploaded yesterday, this was taken while descending from the roof of the main tower of Castle Campbell near Dollar in Clackmannanshire.

Spiral staircases were common in old fortified buildings and castles, probably because they were compact and could be accommodated in the corner of a tower rather than occupying a lot of valuable living space.

In the majority of cases, spiral staircases were built, in engineering terms, with a "left hand" or "anticlockwise" pitch: in other words, you turned to the right as you ascended and to the left during descent. They were designed in this manner because, most people being right-handed, an attacker wielding a sword while attempting to climb the stairs would be at a real disadvantage compared to someone similarly armed descending from above. If you think about it, it is quite a cunning secondary means of defence.

I was fortunate to get this shot as it was taken handheld at 1/2 sec. Shot in RAW and converted and edited in PSE6.

As always, all comments/critiques/advice are very welcome!

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