South West Wales

'£20m Pembroke-born King Henry VII bed' left in car park

The bed Image copyright Hever Castle
Image caption How the bed came to be in the attic of the Redland House Hotel in Chester is unknown

A 500-year-old bed left in a hotel car park once belonged to Welsh-born King Henry VII, it has been claimed.

The four poster, which it is suggested could be worth £20m, was left outside a hotel in Chester during a renovation before being collected by auctioneers.

Ian Coulson bought the bed at auction for £2,200 after spotting it online.

He then contacted TV historian Dr Jonathan Foyle who, following DNA testing, confirmed that the bed once belonged to the Pembroke-born monarch.

Dr Foyle described the artefact as "a complete national treasure".

He said: "It is specifically the marriage bed for Henry and Elizabeth."

The ornately carved four poster is currently on display at Hever Castle in Kent.

Image copyright Hever Castle
Image caption Dr Jonathan Foyle said that DNA testing shows the bed belonged to Pembroke-born Henry VII

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