wooden benches without any backs, which occupied the central portion of the flore and were movable.
The pulpit was elevated several feet, requiring a stairway to enter it upon the left-hand side, and was not complete without a sounding-board suspended above it, while the deacons' seat was in front of the stairs and facing the body of seats.
We may well imagine that the good people of Meadford assembled in their new meeting-house with gladness and a commendable pride at its completion in 1696, but there was probably no service of dedication, as we term it today.
On May 25, 1696, the town directed the selectmen to get a sufficient title to the land on which it had been built, and on March 6, 1699, the deed was voted to be placed in the keeping of Major Nathaniel Wade, and a copy made in the town record book by the town clerk.
On the former occasion a very important committee was chosen, whose duty it was to place the inhabitants in said meeting-house.
This committee was Left.
uilding the meeting-house was inaugurated.
With it as a central rallying point, the sixty year old town was waking to new life, for in the autumn of that year, it adopted Town orders and bylaws.
Of the houses that were standing in the Medford of 1696, we can be positively certain of but two that remain today—the Major Jonathan Wade house, and the Capt.
Peter Tufts house, commonly called the Cradock House,—if this be treason (or heresy)make the most of it.
There is a possibility that the old ight not be pleased with the chiming bells and liturgical service across the country road, as he would call High street. Parson Turell would look in vain for his old home, only demolished in recent years.
Perchance he might wonder if this was really Meadford.
But we may do well, if we of this year of grace, 1906, serve our day and generation, in church and state, in religious and civil duty, as did the men and women who in 1696 built and worshipped in Ye olde first meting-house of Meadfor