Superior Seats

An online talk, using Zoom, by John Vigar

Nothing demonstrates the social history of England as well as the changes that have taken place in our parish churches over the last 1500 years. This talk looks at the story of church seating through the centuries from the solid stone benches that made the `weak go to the wall` to the monumental private pews that still dominate some church interiors.

The medieval clergy originally had stalls and sedilia in the chancels of our churches, whilst the laity only occasionally had elaborate benches, proving seating in churches is a much more varied subject then one might suspect.

John’s specialist subject is ecclesiology – the study of church architecture and associated topics. He has written guidebooks for several hundred churches and recorded over 13,000 of the 16,000 Anglican churches in England and Wales.

After retiring from university lecturing John worked for 13 years in the south-east region of The Churches Conservation Trust and he is a Trustee of the oldest church conservation body, The Friends of Friendless Churches.

The one hour talk will be followed by a short Q&A opportunity.

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