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Pat Shingleton: The Porch

3 years 10 months 1 week ago Sunday, November 09 2014 Nov 9, 2014 November 09, 2014 3:00 AM November 09, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Porches were originally designed to provide space for folks to pause before entering or exiting a home or building. As noted in a previous column, 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 front porch provided protection from sun and rain. The porch was a place of interaction with family, friends and visitors, rarely experience these days.

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