newel post
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(pronounced NOO-ehl pohst or NYOO-ehl pohst)

This term refers to the post at the foot of a straight stairway or one at a landing, but it can also mean the upright post about which the steps of a circular staircase wind. Some contemporary newel posts don’t necessary look like traditional ones, and many historical newel posts serve as base for a decorative light fixture or statue.

See also: torchère