Samuel Pepys’ woke on the 6th of July, 1661 to the news his uncle Robert had died at Brampton the previous night. Samuel rode to Brampton where, according to his diary entry…
“My uncle’s corps in a coffin standing upon joynt-stools in the chimney in the hall; but it begun to smell, and so I caused it to be set forth in the yard all night, and watched by two men.”
Joyned stools have often – erroneously – been labelled ‘coffin stools’ (particularly those approaching, or exceeding 24″ in height). Although I have seen a not-overly-tall pair of joyned stools in a church for the convenience of supporting a coffin, the reality is; they were simple seats of the period.