The Arts Society Cardiff
Henry VII’s State Bed, Lecturer Jonathan Foyle
In 2010, the elaborately carved, incomplete oak frame of an old bed was removed from the honeymoon suite of a hotel in Chester, to be auctioned as a 19th Century antique. A forensic examination revealed traces of medieval paintwork, whilst the dense symbolism revealed a particular message. Further tests showed that this could only be a national treasure: the marriage bed of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York made around 1486.
The bed left London in 1495; centuries on in 1842 it fell into the hands of a Victorian fraudster where it was stripped and varnished.
The story of its unique survival can be told.
Visitors £7 (on the door, space permitting)