Early Four Poster Beds And The Great Bed Of Ware
This History Of Four Poster Beds
1611: This oak four poster with a full built in canopy was built for Sir Henry Fanshaw of Ware park
1612: The bed (measuring 10 feet 8inches high and 8 feet 9 inches square) was transferred to the White Hart Inn in Hertfordshire.
1669: The bed wound up at Rye house, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.
1700: According to Sir Henry Chauncey's history of Hertford 'the bed bedded six citizens of London and their wives such was its size'. Probably because of its size and importance the bed survived until the present date.
The Great bed of Wear is made from oak and is heavily carved. The four poster posts are massive square sections at the base with a huge carved bulbous bobbin raised on a four pillar design. Above this there is a heavy carved column supporting the canopy and cornice.
The headboard of the four poster features carved detail of pillars and arches surrounded by rosettes. This is an extremely ornate four poster bed and must ave really stretched the skills of the bed makers responsible for building and designing.
Four Poster Beds Today
These days there is still a big demand for four poster beds but the more popular sizes are king size (5'0") and super kingsize (6'0"). However that's not the whole story, Revival Beds have made 4 poster beds large enough to take an 8'0" mattress and here's a picture of one we made earlier. Making beds to almost any size is a speciality of ours.
Oak Four Poster beds
We recently started to produce all our beds in oak. Of course this adds a lot to the price of the beds but that's not stopped people ordering. Our four posters have been very popular especially for people with larger houses like farm houses. Even hotels have got in on the act and looked at upgrading with a Revival four poster bed.
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