(The) was used in ancient times for settling money
transactions, paying dowries, rents, and purchases of estates.
Consequently, it was furnished with benches on both sides. Hence, Lord
Stourton sent to invite the Hartgills to meet him in the porch of
Kilmington church to receive the 2,000 awarded them by the Star
Chamber. (Lord de Ros: Tower of London.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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