Mr Middleton objected to sitting on a hard pew and had a felt strip made to fit his two sittings (those were the days when pews were allocated). This lay on the pew and covered, roughly, about 1/2 of it. Another party occupied the inside of the pew and on their rather early arrival they would move along the felt for themselves to sit on. Those sitting near would wait for the arrival of Mr Middleton who, as the congregation rose at the commencement of the service, would snatch back his pieces of felt. A small thing but one which caused much amusement.
Mrs Becher's Diary