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“The Great Bed of Ware”

Monday, December 28th, 2009
The Great Bed of Ware

The Great Bed of Ware

I chanced upon this magnificent four-poster bed in The Victoria and Albert Museum whilst I found myself in London a week or so ago with a few hours to kill. And crikey…what fabulous monster of a bed this is! Surely the king of beds…!? For it measures approximately eleven feet square and is reputed to be able to accommodate 15 people sleeping together at the same time.

Originally built by Hertfordshire carpenter Jonas Fosbrooke circa 1590, we cannot be entirely sure for whom it was commissioned, although it spent its early years in The White Hart Inn at Ware in what must have been a sizeable bed chamber. Privileged travellers must have been somewhat taken aback at the grandeur of their nocturnal decadence and it seems likely that it might have attracted curiosity from far and wide. Certainly, many of those who slept in the bed over the years had carved their names into the enormous corner posts. Something of a lasting legacy still evident today.