Henry VII’s bed has unknowingly been used by guests in a hotel for 15 years
He’s one of the most iconic figures from British history , but it seems that Henry VII’s marriage bed has somehow ended up in a hotel for the last 15 years.
The oak bed has been in the honeymoon suite of a hotel in Chester, but a recent examination has revealed it to be Henry VII and Elizabeth of York’s marriage bed.
Amazingly, the hotel had discarded the precious bed in the parking lot, before it was rescued by antiques dealer, Ian Coulson.
The four-poster bed is 9 feet tall, and measures 6 feet long, according to The Langley Collection, which now owns the bed.
Each of the four posts is decorated with a carved lion, while other intricate carvings include crests, vines and a depiction of Adam and Eve.
These carvings suggested to Mr Coulson that this may be a royal bridal bed.
In a blog post about his findings, he wrote: “The self-evident age of the timber, the royal devices with the lack of other family insignia and the exquisite design and execution of the carving convinced me that this was a royal bed of Henry VII.”
To confirm his findings, Mr Coulson carried out a DNA analysis of the wood and paint.
The analysis revealed that the wood was oak from central Europe, while the paint contained ultramarine, which was even more precious than gold at the time.
The bed is now being held by the Langley Collection.
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