The fish scales in the Nash Staircase have for the last few months been undergoing a careful cleaning and repair regime. There are 11,550 of them in total, each being applied individually and with great accuracy. They are arranged in 42 rows graded from a width of 23/4 inches at the bottom to 13/8 at the top, with 275 scales in each row.
The cleaning of the scales has made a huge difference and shown how dirty all these inaccessible surfaces have become. The scales were carefully cleaned using de-ionised water and cotton wool swabs.
The resulting green tinged off-white colour of the cleaned scales created an unfortunate contrast with the cleaned dark red of the the fluted…
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