Bedroom and nursery

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Mediaeval bed
Box bed
Elizabethan bed

Mediaeval bed
15th and early 16th century. Earlier beds would have had curtain suspended from the ceiling or from rails on the wall. This one supported its own drapes, and could take a fabric canopy. The panels are fretted and coloured.
A mattress is provided.


Box bed
Common in Wales, where the bed would occupy part of the living room. Also seen often in Dutch art of the 17th Century. Draught-proof, but not for the claustrophobic.


Elizabethan Tester bed
2nd half of the 16th century. Probably the grandest piece of furniture in any house, often with inscriptions celebrating weddings. The tester is the carved and panelled canopy.


half-tester bed
Jacobean tester bed
low bed

half-tester bed
An obvious adaption for awkward shaped rooms, it was common as Victorian "reproduction" Tudor, and it could well have existed in Tudor times, even though I have never seen a genuine example


Jacobean tester bed
In the 17th century, styles became more restrained, losing some of the Elizabeth exuberance (vulgarity). This version has a foot board and a boarded base rather than rope stringing.


Low bed
Suited for low rooms and sloping ceilings


candle stand
clothes press
baby chair
high chair
rocking horse

Candle stand


clothes press
Previously, clothes were stored in a "guarderobe," a closet containing the privy, where the fumes kept moths and fleas at bay. A clothes press is the forerunner of the wardrobe, but has hooks inside, rather than a rail.


Baby chair
16th and 17th century


high chair
16th and 17th century


Rocking horse
based on a 17th century version in London Museum


Mediaeval cradle
rocking cradle
Welsh cradle
coffor bach

Mediaeval hanging cradle
This design is based on one allegedly used by Henry V in the late 14th Century


Tudor rocking cradle
16th and 17th centuries


Welsh cradle
suitable for cottages


Coffor bach
small Welsh chest for baby clothes,