Post Bed - Double or Single
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, ‘good night, sleep tight’. 
1/24th - Double - 15
1/24th - Single - 14

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.
1/24th - 18

post bed
clothes press

Later Clothes Press
18th cent. (Georgian) onwards.  The forerunner of the modern wardrobe.  A large cupboard with a drawer below.  Inside the cupboard was split into two parts:  one part with shelves for folded clothes and the other with pegs on which to hang clothes.
1/24th - 20

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.
1/24th - 35


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.
1/24th - 20


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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Towel Rail

Towel Rail
Mid 18th cent. (Georgian) onwards.  Used alongside the washstand for hanging towels.  The pair of rails at the top could be used to dry a wet towel by hanging it across both rails.  Supplied with two towels.
1/24th - 8

Close Stool (Tudor toilet)
16th cent. (Tudor)onwards.  A wooden bucket within a wooden box with a hinged lid.  Only used in well-to-do homes where servants would empty and clean it.
1/24th - 16

close stool
Post Bed
Truckle Bed

Early Clothes Press
Early 17th cent. (Tudor/Stuart)onwards.  Most people of this era kept their clothes in chests or on pegs on the wall.  The more affluent had this early form of clothes press.  The bottom of the press was open inside to be used like a chest, while the top section had pegs on which to hang clothes.
1/24th - 28


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.
1/24th - 13


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.
1/24th - 14


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

Marble-topped Washstand
Mid 19th cent. (Victorian) onwards.  The marble top made it much easier to keep clean and protected the wood from the water.
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Victorian Iron Bed
Late 19th cent. (Victorian) onwards.  Iron bedsteads became popular because wooden ones were thought to harbour vermin and the iron ones could be cleaned more thoroughly.  The rope stringing of earlier times was replaced with a diamond pattern metal mesh.
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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.
1/24th - 25

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