The historic carved oak Great Bed of Ware has completed its move from the Victoria and Albert museum in South Kensington to take pride of place for a year at the tiny Ware museum. An official display at the musuem will be officially opened on 14 April by Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces.
The Great Bed of Ware is mentioned by Charles Lamb in his 1821 journal. In the process of dismantling the bed Kate Hay a curator in the V&As furniture department discovered previously unknown graffiti from the 18th and 19th century – 20 scrawled names and initials – were these left by the famous members of the Blakesware Set? Curiously the bed is thought to have been made by Jonas Fosbrooke, whose namesake is one of the creators of The Haymakers Survey.