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Event Description

You probably won't believe this, but two hundred years ago many churches had no seats for the poor. Six hundred years ago many churches didn't have seats at all. Nine hundred years ago the weak had to `go to the wall` if they needed a rest. In this talk, we look at the development of church seating to see how it reflected the social ladders in the secular world. Think of the private gallery, the box pew, the rented bench, the personal staircase, doors for different classes of worshippers, and you`ll realise how fascinating this aspect of church history is, and what clues we can still find in churches that show us how they were used in times gone by.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 45
John Vigar

Meet The Speaker, John

John has been a professional historian and speaker for over 40 years. For much of that time, John also taught at the University of Kent as well as for the WEA and Denman College. His specialist subject is ecclesiology – the study of church architecture and associated topics.

Preparing for the Event

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We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!