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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 11., Ye olde Meting-House of Meadford. (search)
en should sit in the front gallery. It seems that Major Nathaniel Wade had been granted the privilege of building a pew at the south side of the meeting-house, which would remove the two back seats on the women's side; but he was to have it finished by the middle of the May following. It is open to doubt whether the seat on the men's side, next the wall, was constructed in the same manner as the women's seat, as at this same town meeting it was directed that the seat where Mr Hall and Mr Wyre sits should be built up the same as where the woman sits. That wasn't all, either. The two back seats were to be taken out and the women were to be seated at each side, at the discretion of the committee to seat the town. This committee might seat the town, but seating the women was another matter, as we shall see later. The women were fond of ornament, even two hundred years ago, and the town had, in constructing their front seat, had a row of nicely turned banesturs placed along the