Staircase - Load Bearing Joist?

17 Jan 2016
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Evening all. Relatively quick one for those knowledgeable in how staircases are/were built, I have no idea.

Few pics below to show a 3x3 post "attached" to the staircase, wonder whether this would be removable or not? Or alternatively who I could go to for formal advice on it, what would need doing if it is some sort of load bearing post? I don't see them in most similar houses in the street.

Thanks in advance
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I would say its a storey newel that has been modified, but we need pictures higher up the newel to have a better idea
Thanks for your reply. I've attached a few more photos of the top end.

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Ok, yes it is storey newel, imnot sure if the original part of the post has been removed and replaced with 3x3 or it was built that way, but in any case that post cannot be removed permanently without causing structural damage to your staircase and both half landings.
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Cool ok thanks for the info. The more I've been thinking about it the more I couldn't understand what ELSE would be holding the 2 landings up.

Thanks again, appreciated.

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