Antique Refectory Tables are a long, heavy solid table, usually constructed in old Oak, Walnut or more unusual examples in elm or fruit-wood with stretchers around the base. They were originally used in the Medieval times in monasteries or Great halls in larger properties of very wealthy English homes and Castles. They were used for large banquets, with the earliest examples having long planks of wood supported by trestles and were easily dismantled so that the hall could be used for dancing and entertaining after the feast. By the mid 16th Century these tables became fixed and the Lord and his family would dine in a separate private room, no longer as a banquet with lots of guests. This style of antique table became unfashionable for quite some time so was not over manufactured, but then with the Victorian interest in older times, it was reproduced by Victorian cabinet makers, so you can see good examples from this period. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.