Miscellany

Some pews in the fine old church at Malpas, Cheshire, possess a most amusing peculiarity. Each one consists of several seats, which are really, though not apparently, detached, and they look easy and comfortable. In this case appearances are deceitful, for should the occupant of any one seat lean forward while "nid, nid, nodding," over he goes on the floor. The seat is so constructed as easily to trip over when any weight is placed on its outer or front edge, and was so designed to prevent people from going to sleep in church.

We still find in a few of our ancient churches, the high pews, luxurious cushions, and curious fittings of former days.

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