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14520medieval beds and bedding - was Named medieval furniture

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  • Julian Wilson
    Jun 6, 2011
      Correct - that's where the "truckle bed" came from. These are simple bed-frames with rope suspensions and short legs, which raised the palliasse 4 to 6 inches off the ground,  usually designed to roll in under a "great bed".  The Weald & Downland Museum, Singleton, West Sussex, has several excellent replicas, drawn from extant examples in various Museum Collactions.
      The poorest folk would likely make a kind of under-couch from bundles of dried ferns or long straw - or of something similar - which would provide a layer of insulation. The palliasses of the poor would likely be picked-up each morning and either put to "air" - or be rolled-up out of the way of the day's activities - especially in "one room" dwellings. And when the under-couch needed changing - it would go into the beasts' byres or the stable, as bedding/food.

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      --- On Mon, 6/6/11, Broom <IAmBroom@...> wrote:

      From: Broom <IAmBroom@...>
      Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Named medieval furniture
      Cc: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Monday, 6 June, 2011, 15:39


      Dunstan M'Lolane wrote:
      > I imagine many mattresses in poorer homes never made it off of the ground at all.

      Rising damp would quickly mildew these mattresses, which were probably
      straw ticks (or the equivalent using other plant fibers), usually
      contained in cloth bags, so I suspect even the poorest tried to raise
      their mattresses off the ground.

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