King Dick’s Bed
1480 - 1900's
Donington le Heath Manor House is home to this legendary oak four poster bed.
Tradition has it that Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England, slept in this bed while staying at the White Boar Inn on High Cross Street in Leicester on his way to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. The bed was bought from the Blue Boar Inn by the Herrick family and was housed for may years at Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse.
Although the rectangular frame from which the bed ropes are strung is possibly of late medieval date, most of the elaborately carved and inlaid structure of the bed dates from the 16th to 18th centuries with some later additions.
Donington le Heath Manor House
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Page Last Updated: 13 May 2013