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Truckle Bed

Truckle Bed

A truckle bed was a low bed, commonly made of oak, that had casters attached to the feet. These casters were added so that it could be pushed under the master bed when it was not in use. Truckle beds were typically used by servants who slept in their master’s quarters to be close at hand, but in some communities they were also a convenient space saver! 

You can find this item in Bedchamber 1 of Palmer’s Farm.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 2000-73 - Truckle bed


MAF Court Cupboard

Court Cupboard

This court cupboard dating to circa 1660 is an example of what would have been one of the most important pieces of furniture within the household at that time. Used for holding vessels for eating and drinking, it would have acted as the sideboard of its period. You can see this one in use by our period interpreters when they lunch at Palmer’s Farm. 

You can find this item in the Hall of Palmer’s Farm.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1993-31/932 - Court cupboard


MAF boarded chest

Boarded Chest

This chest dates from c. 1540-1570 and would have been used for storage, most likely in a bedroom. Chests (or coffers) were commonly passed down from mother to daughter, perhaps with a view to the daughter’s marriage, and may have contained essential items which a woman would bring to her new home, such as linen.

You can find this item in Mary Arden’s House.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1999-16 - Boarded Chest


MAF Cider Press

Cider Press and Apple Crusher

While the cider making equipment at Mary Arden’s/Palmer’s Farm most likely dates to the 18th century rather than the 16th, it reflects the sort of activities that would have gone on at the farm during the Tudor period. The aptly named apple crusher would have been horse-drawn and would have crushed the apples to a pulp ready for the second stage of cider making; pressing all the juice out ready for fermenting.

You can find this item in the corner of the Tudor Farmyard.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1956-6 - Cider Press and Apple Crusher


Panel-back armchair

Panel-back Armchair

This panel-back armchair dates from circa 1640. During the 1600s armchairs, which probably would have been furnished with a loose cushion, would still have been used as a sign of status and usually only provided for the master of the house or important guests.

You can find this item in Mary Arden’s House

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: SBT 256 - Panel-back Armchair

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