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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and compiled another list of residuals, items they had tried to return: "Things borrowed that their owners knew not of." The charm lies in its similarity to our own experience of neighborly borrowing: the books, a whiskey barrel, the wire rat trap, six hole mouse traps, two old umbrellas, and "Rev Wm Dolan's silk handkerchief and specks." 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.
(30.) 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.
Milford Malvoisin: or, Pews and Pewholders. London: Burns, 1842.
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).(2) Though The Nebuly Coat belongs to the same antiquarian and ecclesiological world as all the works Falkner mentions, there is a special debt to St.