Things to see and do at Maister House
Maister House currently closed for most of the year as it's a tenanted property. It opens on selected days during the Heritage Open Days Festival. Discover what you’ll be able to see in this 18th century merchant’s house entrance and learn the tragic story behind the stone staircase and the details of the wrought-iron balustrade.
A restored Georgian exterior
Before you step inside, pause to take in the façade of Maister House. The house's exterior has been restored to its Georgian glory. This involved removing the Victorian bay windows and replacing the stone steps and railings at the front entrance.
The stone staircase
Explore the house's main attraction step by step. With its intricate iron balustrade, the staircase opens through three storeys and is surrounded by stucco panels.
It is said that this mid-18th-century staircase was constructed from stone after Henry Maister lost his wife and infant child. They died when a wooden staircase collapsed in a fire.
A work of art
Look out for the artistry in the décor. The wrought-iron balustrade by Robert Bakewell flourishes all the way up the stairs, and the walls and ceiling are adorned with decorative stucco panels by Joseph Page.
A notable building
Not only is Maister House Yorkshire's smallest National Trust place, but it is also currently the only property to be cared for by the charity in East Yorkshire.
The remainder of the house is tenanted by a local business and is not open to visitors.
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