A church porch is a room-like structure at a church's main entrance. In most Christian churches the main door is on the south side, and a Porch protects from the weather to some extent. Some porches have an outer door, others a simple gate, and in some cases the outer opening is not closed in any way.
The porch at St Wulfram's Church, Grantham, like many others of the period, has a room above the porch, which once provided lodging for the priest but now houses Francis Trigge Chained Library. Such a room is sometimes called a parvise although the word more normally means an open space or colonnade outside the entrance of a church.
In Scandinavia the porch of a church is often called by names meaning weaponhouse. Visitors stored their weapons there because of a prohibition against carrying weapons into the sanctuary, or into houses in general.
St Wulfram's Grantham, England: The church porch which houses the chained library
Church Porch with lattice gate, intended mainly to prevent birds nesting in the porch. St Guthlac, Little Ponton (England)
Billingshurst Church, England
Keutschach am See Church, Austria
Østerlars Church, Denmark
Large church porch at St Nicolas' Church, Rønne (Denmark)
Nederluleå Church, Sweden
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- Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England North Somerset and Bristol (Penguin, 1979), p. 352.
- Images of England (accessed 3 September 2009)
- "Historic Churches > Dictionary". British Express. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- Baron Grimthorpe, Edmund Beckett (1856). Lectures on Church-building: with Some Practical Remarks on Bells and Clocks. Bell and Daldy. p. 198.
- For example, Norwegian våpenhus
- "Våpenhus". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
Et våpenhus er et forrom til menighetsinngangen i en kirke
- Harrison, James A.; Sharp, Robert, eds. (January 2006). "Project Gutenberg's Beowulf". Project Gutenberg. Retrieved 14 August 2007. (Note l. 325. Cf. l. 397.)
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