pewholder

pewholder

(ˈpjuːˌhəʊldə)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who leases or is the owner of a pew or an area of seats in a church
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Four out of five of all the lenders can be identified as Irish Catholic Montrealers, half as pewholders in the first auction at St Patrick's, and nine out of ten as residents of West ward or Saint-Joseph suburb, close to the inn.
Notre Dame parish collected 3000 [pounds sterling] a year in pew rents; the Irish pewholders accounted for about one tenth.
Pewholders and vestrymen at Trinity can he found in Trinity Church Pew Rents before 1828, Trinity Church Archives, and Berrian, Historical Sketch, 358-365.
a preacher [who] horribly shocked his pewholders by crying "the Kingdom of Heaven is no spiritual roof-garden: it's inside you" .
Stephen's congregation from Griffintown to the new site was permissible because two years previously, with relocation in mind, the pewholders of St.
Antholin's; or, Old Churches and New: A Tale for the Times (London, 1841), and Milford Malvoisin: or, Pews and Pewholders (London and Oxford, 1842).