As you know, all the furniture that’s really required in a Protestant church building is:
1) somewhere for the preacher to preach from;
2) somewhere for the listeners to listen from
– and for convenience, these items usually consist of a pulpit and some pews. The four walls, of course, are merely to keep off the elements, and certainly not to be decorated with distractions of any sort!
However, here’s a question. There’s a term that people use to refer to the area around the pulpit, plus or minus the precentor’s box, where the elders might sit in some congregations. I’ve only heard it being spoken, and can’t recall ever seeing it written. In IPA, it’s [ˈletrən], or in amateurish Scottish ‘sound-as-it’s-spelled’, “lay-tron”.
Does anyone know the proper spelling for this word?