A high-backed box-like wooden seat with arms for two or more people, sometimes with storage underneath, associated with cottages, hallways, rural surroundings or domestic quarters. The high back protects from draughts and today often sits neatly against a wall, whereas in the past they might have been closer to the fire, or the door side or a table. However, you’ll find many settles, including curved ones, that have been made especially for a particular wall or nook. Sometimes it is clear that there have been coat hooks on the outside back, evidence that the high back was used to create a hallway, or entrance – a space within a space.


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