existence and to begin that of another.
That second pulpit only lacked supporting pillars under its sounding board (it being suspended by an iron rod), to make it almost a duplicate of the bell turret, the only example of which latter now remaining is that in Hingham, built in 1681.
In 1669-70 was built the third meeting-house.
This had the feature of a tower from the ground, whose first floor formed a vestibule, and contained a staircase leading to the gallery.
Higher up, may (prior to 1812) have been stored the town's stock of powder.
We are assuming this last, as such was the custom elsewhere.
This tower was quite imposing in appearance, five stories in height, and stood directly against the easterly end of the meeting-house, which was of ample proportion to accommodate the growing town.
It was surmounted by an open belfry.
A lofty, tapering spire, which latter seems to have been an afterthought, was a visible monument to Medford's civic pride.
Whether its builders had