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PEW. A seat in a church separated from all others, with a convenient space to stand therein.
     2. It is an incorporeal interest in the real property. And, although a man has the exclusive right to it, yet, it seems, he cannot maintain trespass against a person entering it; 1 T. R. 430; but case is the proper remedy. 3 B. & Ald. 361; 8 B. & C. 294; S. C. 15 Eng. C. L. R. 221.
     3. The right to pews is limited and usufructuary, and does not interfere with the right of the parish or congregation to pull down and rebuild the church. 4 Ohio R 541; 5 Cowen's R. 496; 17 Mass. R. 435; 1 Pick. R. 102; 3 Pick. R. 344; 6 S. & R. 508; 9 Wheat. R. 445; 9 Cranch, R. 52; 6 John. R. 41; 4 Johns. Ch. R. 596; 6 T. R. 396. Vide Pow. Mortgages, Index, h.t.; 2 Bl. Com. 429; 1 Chit. Pr. 208, 210; 1 Pow. Mort. 17 n.
     4. In Connecticut and Maine, and in Massachusetts, (except in Boston), pews are considered real estate: in Boston they are personal chattels. In New Hampshire they are personal property. 1 Smith's St. 145. The precise nature of such property does not appear to be well settled in New York. 15 Wend. R. 218; 16 Wend. R. 28; 5 Cowen's R. 494. See Rev. St. Mass. 413; Conn. L. 432; 10 Mass. R. 323 17 Mass. 438; 7 Pick. R. 138; 4 N. H. Rep. 180; 4 Ohio R. 515; 4 Harr. & McHen. 279; Harr. Dig. Ecclesiastical Law. Vide Perturbation of seat; Best on Pres. 111; Crabb on R. P. Sec. 481 to 497.

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George Washington worshipped at St Peter's (Sunday services 9am and 11am), which still looks much the same today thanks to the high-backed box pews and Rococo organ case.
A few ancient gravestones and a church out of Alice in Wonderland, with uneven floors, jumbled box pews, amazing stained glass windows, an interior not much bigger than a front room and centuries of history.
The size and design of the box pews on the bottom floor vary as they were built for different families, each of whom commissioned its own pew.
The small medieval building retains many ancient features, including extensive 15th-century wall paintings, a 17th-century figure of death, old beams, box pews, pulpit and a minstrels' gallery.
This gallery, with its soaring pillars, its fine arches, its elegant railing and its tiered box pews, is one of the most beautiful parts of this fascinating round building.
The chapel was known as 'the cawf 'oile', on account of its box pews and was built in 1632 by Ralph Assheton.
There are box pews, a Jacobean pulpit and an octagonal stone font.