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When did churches begin to be furnished with pews?

Asked by honniemac (76points) June 10th, 2008 from iPhone
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loser's avatar

when folks got tired of sitting on the floor

Seesul's avatar

At the end of the medieval period.

Here’s a good article on it:

osullivanbr's avatar

Yeah pretty much right. They didn’t really start being the accepted norm (i guess you could say) until the protestant reformation. Oddly enough the first ones were not so much public seating, but were purchased by worshippers to offset the cost of the building. But it’s ok, I understand Churches have collection plates now, so it balances out nicely I’m sure.

osullivanbr's avatar

Oh by the way…
Very interesting link Seesul. Well done on that one.

VanBantam's avatar

Hey Seesul,

Nice article! Very informitive.

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