Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
On reflection, I think you must be right about which side was the men's side, and with side the women's. Thanks for the recommendation of the book. It does look very interesting, and I shall put it on my list of "to reads."
Hello again, Carl!
Given your interests, you should look at Places of Worship by James P. Wind: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761989781/ref=olp_product_details...
I just discovered this book today, and ordered it immediately. It may be had for a very low price; see Bookfinder.com.
Why do you think the left side was the men's side? Usually, men were seated on the right side of the meetinghouse.
Thanks for the generous comments, Friend. My understanding is that the same Friend built both the meetinghouse in Weare and in Quaker-City Unity. And, indeed, there are many similarities between the two. Both originally did have a men's side and a woman's side, as evidenced by the double door. In both cases the left side (which I believe was the men's side) was maintained while the women's side was converted to a gathering area.
Another good picture! Thanks for the photo of the interior.
I notice that there is no partition between the men's and women's sides. It is possible that it was removed, or perhaps men and women never sat separately.
Also, the backs of the benches do not have footrests, a board running the length of the bench which allows worshippers' feet to be off of the floor.
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