Church Porch

(The) was used in ancient times for settling money transactions, paying dowries, rents, and purchases of estates. Consequently, it was furnished with benches on both sides. Hence, Lord Stourton sent to invite the Hartgills to meet him in the porch of Kilmington church to receive the 2,000 awarded them by the Star Chamber. (Lord de Ros: Tower of London.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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