Courting bench

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A contemporary courting bench.

A courting bench, also known as a kissing bench, conversation bench, or a tête-à-tête (French for "head-to-head") is a bench with two parallel seats, facing in opposite directions, with a shared arm of the bench separating them.

They were popular in Victorian times, and thought convenient for kissing and intimate but demure conversation, as the names imply.