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Nights of old; CASTLE'S 4-POSTER IS BRITAIN'S OLDEST BED AFTER 15 GENERATIONS SLEEP IN IT.

Byline: RICHARD SMITH richard.smith@mirror.co.uk

IF you're looking for a good knight's kip this 400-year-old bed ticks all the boxes.

The ancient four-poster has been slept in by FIFTEEN generations of the same aristocratic family.

And it is believed to be the oldest still in use in Britain.

With an ornately-carved headboard, it has been the luxury resting place for residents of the Berkeley Castle estate in Gloucestershire since 1608.

Far from roping it off as a museum piece, current owners John Berkeley, 81, and wife Georgina, 73, still regularly tuck themselves up in it in the castle's Great State Bedroom. Georgina said: "Despite its great age, it is the most comfortable bed in the castle. Sleeping in it conveys a real feeling of British history."

Experts say the bed posts could date back to 1560. The coat of arms in the headboard relates to the Stuart monarchy, suggesting it was added after the accession of James I in 1603.

The bed's noble history emerged as retailers Furniture Village highlighted it to launch a challenge to find the UK's oldest piece of furniture still in use.

Marketing director Charlie Harrison said: "The Berkeley Castle bed offers compelling evidence that nothing can beat British furniture when it comes to craftsmanship and durability." craftsmanship and durability.

147,825 Approximate number of nights the bed has been in use at Berkeley Castle

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Mar 7, 2013
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