It is thought that all the rooms on this floor were used as bedrooms, this one being the main room of the house used by Mr and Mrs Pickford. It has been recreated as it might have been around 1815 with its adjoining dressing room. This is where the occupants of the bedroom would wash and gentlemen would shave. It also housed the chamber pot or night stool. This would be emptied each morning by the servants of the house.
What can I see?
The architectural details of the bedroom are plain, which was common of this period. The bed is a modern reproduction based on a 1797 design. Curtains around the bed were necessary to keep out draughts as bedrooms were usually unheated. You will also notice that the mahogany wardrobe does not have a hanging compartment. Clothes were laid flat on sliding trays or put in the drawers. It was not usual for wardrobes to be fitted with hanging space until the late 19th century.
What can I do?
Step beyond the velvet rope at one of our costume guided tours every Wednesday.
What can I learn?
During the 18th century tea drinking often took place in the bedroom and the tea itself. Delicate pieces of porcelain for brewing and drinking it were displayed in the closet. A servant would bring hot water up to the bedroom but it would be the lady of the house who would perform the ritual of making the tea.