What are pews?

Some articles on pews, pew:

Blooming Grove United Church Of Christ - History
... common at the time, construction also was financed by subscription families would buy pews in their name, essentially making them partners in the church ... It had a sloping floor and box pews, with a gallery behind the pulpit ... In another practice common at the time, pews were built along the side of the church for congregants' slaves ...
Pew - Overview
... Churches were not commonly furnished with permanent pews before the Protestant Reformation ... worship, especially in Protestantism, made the pew a standard item of church furniture ... In some churches, pews were installed at the expense of the congregants, and were their personal property there was no general public seating in the church itself ...
Bloomingburg Reformed Protestant Dutch Church - History
... A year later, the pews were finished and subscribed ... were changed in the middle of the century, along with the conversion of the box pews into slips, the extension of the galleries and construction of the choir loft ... New carpets and pews were installed later in that decade ...
St. Augustine Church (New Orleans) - History
... At a time when there were pew fees, free people of color paid for extra pews so that enslaved blacks could also attend ... the people of color began to purchase pews for their families to sit ... of this, white people in the area started a campaign to buy more pews than the colored folks ...
St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Beacon, New York) - Church Complex - Church
... The slip pews are made of oak with tre- and quatrefoil carvings at the ends ... with carpet covering the area under the pews ... throne, sedilia, prayer desk and stalls are all oak like the pews ...