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th its pyramidal roof, they built thereon a little tower, i. e., a toweret or turret, and in it later was placed the first Medford bell.
But it was nearly a century after its first settling that Medford acquired this visible distinction which is a feature of New England towns.
Though the first meeting-house, on the great rock by Oborn rode, never had this distinguishing exterior feature, it had in its pulpit a little tower, or tourelle, in the person of its minister, who spelled his name Turell,—which would indicate that his ancestors were of French extraction.
To him it was given to be the occupant of the second pulpit during its entire 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.
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