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long bench with backs

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All the box pews were removed in the 19th century, and the trees themselves eventually caught the dread Dutch elm disease and had to be removed.
The skyline Wren created for London after the Great Fire, with all his elaborate towers and steeples surrounding the great dome of St Paul's, was often admired by foreigners, but fewer visitors seem to have sought out the interiors of those cleverly and variedly planned churches, with their carved reredoses, ornate pulpits and high box pews, as most were hidden away off the main thoroughfares in the City.
Midhopestones, near Sheffield, a chapel of ease rebuilt in 1703 has a good example of early box pews, some of which have the occupants' names on them.
At Haddenham, in Buckinghamshire, much of the seating remains intact after 500 years, while Puddletown in Dorset (largely box pews) remains much as in 1635, the only example of a church with fittings of this early date matched by full documentary evidence for the reseating the why as well as the how.
Many of America's founding fathers worshipped in the box pews, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, whose influence is everywhere in the city.
"The interior is Regency with seven box pews dominated by a three-decker pulpit, its tester crammed against the ceiling.
Mr Jones said: "He kept the old layout which meant farmers and their families sat snugly in the box pews while their servants crouched on backless benches, the men on one side and the women and children on the other.
He had removed the box pews, nearly all of which would have been booked by parishioners for an annual fee; for this operation he would have required diocesan permission from Bristol, the application being judged upon whether the new seating arrangements would yield a greater proportion of free seats.
A similar shift can be seen in architecture, the plain rectangular meeting house gradually acquiring box pews, ornate carving, and a steeple.