Post Bed - Double
16th cent. (Tudor) onwards.  A simple wooden bed with low head and foot boards.  Beds of this time were strung with rope and the ends attached to wooden pegs.  The pegs would be used to tighten the ropes when these had become slack from continued use. Hence the saying, ‘goodnight, sleep tight’. 
1/24th - 15

Truckle Bed
16th cent. (Tudor) onwards.  A small bed on wheels that during the day could be stored out of the way under a larger bed (e.g. see lower image), such as, a four-poster or post bed.  Often used by children of servants.
1/24th - 6

panelled cradle

Rocking Cradle
16th cent. (Tudor) onwards.  A panelled cradle mounted on wooden rockers.  Wooden pins along the sides could be laced with cords to keep the bedding and baby in place.  Finials at the corners aided rocking by hand.
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four poster bed

Four Poster Bed
16th cent. (Tudor) onwards.  A strung bed with a highly decorative paneled headboard between two plain posts, and with two turned posts at the foot.  The top canopy is carved on the underside.  Curtains would normally be hung to enclose the bed for warmth.  This bed is based upon the one owned by Beatrix Potter at Hill Top.
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Victorian Wardrobe
Late 19th cent. (Victorian) onwards.  The next stage after the clothes press.  The inside of the cupboard now has just a single rail on which to hang clothes and a large drawer below in which to store folded clothes.
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Mid 18th cent. (Georgian) onwards.  Used to hold a jug and basin for personal washing.  There was a wooden splash board around the top to protect the wall from water.
1/24th - 14

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Post Bed
Truckle Bed

Toilet Mirror
18th cent. (Georgian) onwards. Before dressing tables became common, a freestanding mirror would be placed on top of a table or chest of drawers to be used when ‘making one’s toilet’ - the act of washing and getting dressed, hence the name toilet mirror.
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Pot Cupboard
18th cent. (Georgian) onwards.  Before the installation of toilets inside houses, a chamber pot was used at night.  It was sometimes kept under the bed but quite often a special cupboard was used to hide it from view.
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Chest of Drawers
18th cent. (Georgian) onwards.  The chest of drawers derives its name from the early chest, which was basically a box with a hinged lid.  Later, came the mule chest, which had a drawer at the bottom of the chest.  It was called a mule because it was a hybrid between the old chest and what was to become the chest of drawers, i.e. a chest entirely taken up with drawers and without an opening top.
1/24th - 20
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Swinging Cradle
Early 16th cent. (Tudor) onwards.  A simple box of moulded boards hung between two upright posts that were joined together by two stretchers at floor level.
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post bed

Edwardian Bed
20th cent. (Edwardian) onwards. Wooden beds became popular again in the Edwardian era.  In contrast to their Victorian predecessors, usually they had a lower headboard, a low matching footboard and a wooden slatted base. 
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Edwardian Wardrobe
20th cent. (Edwardian) onwards.  A large wardrobe with a central mirrored door and a deep drawer at the base for folded clothes.  Inside there was a rail on which to hang clothes.
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bedroom furniture