Advert for the Kennington Wholesale & Retail Bedding Manufactory
Printer: Noon & Lucas
Medium: Print on paper
After a series of cholera epidemics in the 1850s, Victorian Britain became obsessed with health. This obsession even penetrated as far as the nation's sleeping arrangements.
In the early 19th century, wooden four-poster beds with long, heavy curtains were very popular. Gradually, however, people realised that these curtains held considerable amounts of dust and were breeding grounds for bugs. At first, shorter curtains came into fashion, and then four-posters were almost completely abandoned in favour of iron bedsteads. Sheets and blankets were used throughout the period. All these items would have been available from Mrs Hicks’ store.