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The bell seat was originally built between 1650-1700 Bell chair A bell chair is a scaffold in which one or more bells hang. The bell chair as a separate building is probably due to the fact that certain areas in Friesland were too poor, or the communities too small, to build a church. Sometimes a church was built without a tower and the clock was placed in a separate bell chair. If a church was built later, the bell-chair was demolished after the clock was hung in the church tower. Conversely, it also happened that when a church building or church tower had fallen into ruin, a bell chair was built. The bell chair is usually located in a village or hamlet and is a typical Frisian building.

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The bell seat was originally built between 1650-1700 Bell chair A bell chair is a scaffold in which one or more bells hang. The bell chair as a separate building is probably due to the fact that certain areas in Friesland were too poor, or the communities too small, to build a church. Sometimes a church was built without a tower and the clock was placed in a separate bell chair. If a church was built later, the bell-chair was demolished after the clock was hung in the church tower. Conversely, it also happened that when a church building or church tower had fallen into ruin, a bell chair was built. The bell chair is usually located in a village or hamlet and is a typical Frisian building.

The bell-seat is meant to ring the dead. Bell chairs are available with different types of roof shapes such as the Gable roof, the Shield shape and the Helmet roof. Sometimes it has a weathercock, a staircase, or a flagpole attached to it. Usually the bell seat is made of wood. There are various types of bell chairs: A bell stool in a church tower or bell tower. The bell chair as a separate structure. Subdivision into two types: An open construction (bell chair on legs). A closed structure (also called clock (s) house). A bell chair on the facade of a church.

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