Churches then had no money or budgets which could help them allow repairs. Another reason was that the liturgy discouraged participation of congregations as well as their ideology was more people can accommodated when standing instead of sitting. Between the 17th century and also the 19th Century, parish churches having church chairs and pews were put through pew rents, which had to be paid by the occupants. The rent was charged like a tax to get the privilege to be able to sit on a church chair situated close to the main aisle.
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