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Oak Tester Bed

Oak Tester Bed

This is an example of a tester bed. The word tester refers to canopy above the bed which was typically made of carved or cloth-draped wood. Of all items of furniture, the bed was the most significant and expensive single item in the 1500s household. Beds were usually listed first in inventories and bequeathed in wills from generation to generation. As well as being functional, they served as an outward expression of status.

You can find this item in the Bedchamber.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: SBT 183 – Oak tester bed


turned high chair

Child's Turned High Chair

This highly decorative, turned high chair is made out of ash and dates between the years of 1580 and 1640, and most likely would have had leather or textile straps to keep the child secure. Meal times in early modern England were an important household activity, and the fact that even the youngest member of the family could have a seat this spectacular shows the family who owned it must have been wealthy.

You can find this item in the Parlour.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1993-31/22 – Child’s Turned High Chair


portrait of a family saying grace

A Family Saying Grace Before a Meal

This painting is an early example of the Christian family portrait. It features a family at prayer sitting around a long refectory table draped with a damask tablecloth. It is rich in biblical symbolism with the view through the open window showing a tree by a river which is symbolic of a good family man, and a vine growing against a wall which symbolises a fertile housewife.

You can find this item in the Parlour.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1990-49 – A Family saying Grace Before A Meal


Warwickshire press cupboard

Warwickshire Press Cupboard

This oak press cupboard is dated 1673 and is thought to have been made here in Warwickshire. The press cupboard is a development from the court cupboard which essentially acted as the sideboard of the period. Cupboards like this were used to display the master’s “plate” of gold, silver or pewter.

You can find this item in the Parlour.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1993-31/265 – Warwickshire Press Cupboard


Maiolica Stand

Maiolica Stand

Maiolica is a type of clay pottery that was typically painted with vibrant colours and tin-glazed. It is usually associated with Italian workshops in the 1500s. This stand featured in the Hall’s Croft entrance hall shows how well the colours and glaze last under the test of time.

You can find this item in the Entrance Hall.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1993-31/218 – Maiolica Stand

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