The Ware Bed

“WARE;  ‘Bed of Ware;’ a huge bed, capable of holding twelve persons; formerly at the Saracen’s Head Inn at Ware, now at the Rye-House.”

Source: Twelfth Night Glossary, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Vol. 8, Shakespeare, Hudson, Gollancz, Herford, Bigelow Smith and Co., NY, 1909, page 127


The Ware Bed — 2 Comments

  1. I believe this bed is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where it is on display. It’s quite nice! Rumor was it was built by a Ware who owned an Inn and was used to host a King.

  2. I guess you could say that this was the first real “Family Room”.

    C. Wayne Ware
    Cedar Falls, IA

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