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Guide to Tocal

Entry and hall

photo of stairs

The hallway is unusually wide. It easily accommodates the elegant staircase but at the expense of the adjoining rooms.

The staircase is a beautiful example of a geometrical, self-supporting stair with no centre landing. It stands out as one of the more traditional features in a house employing many contemporary design elements for 1841.

After the Alexanders came to Tocal in 1926 they made significant changes. They installed a lift in front of the arch for less agile family members.

The lift was in service for a number of years until Miss Alexander spent several uncomfortable days trapped inside. With no one at home to rescue her, she had no choice but to stay put until one of the domestic staff came to work. The lift was removed soon after and stored in one of the back sheds where it remains today.

photo of entry