The Servants

Most of Richard's servants would have slept at the top of the house in the attics. These were two long rooms at the top of the house. They would have shared their sleeping quarters with stores of farm produce, grain, cheese, peas and beans, even salted or smoked meats.

the attic

Their beds would be small trucklebeds, or sacks stuffed with straw. If they were very lucky they might have a slightly better half-headed bedstead. The frame was held together with rope. Rough sheets and blankets kept them warm at night. The picture shows a bedframe half roped.

half-headed bed frame

This is a trucklebed in the second bedchamber. It was used by a personal servant or small children. The same type of beds might be used in the servants sleeping quarters in the attics.

a trucklebed