Pat Shingleton: "A Nice 'Back' Porch"
Porches were originally designed to provide sufficient space for folks to pause before entering or exiting a home or building. Porches in England provided cover for worshippers and for liturgical use. Before a baptism, the priest would begin the service on the porch. In medieval times, a room was added above the porch to be used as a school room, storeroom or armory or as a custodian residence for supervision of the church. I remember our back porch as an area for removal of working clothes, boots and shoes; decreasing dirt from the interior of the house. Our covered porch provided protection from sun and rain. The porch was a place of interaction with family, friends, and visitors and due to the Internet is rarely experienced these days.
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