On a Sunday morning in 10th Century Germany, where could one of the largest caches of weapons be found? In the front of the local church of course!
The Anglo-Saxons had a tradition that ruled free men carried a sword. When a boy became a man or a slave was granted freedom, they would be presented with a sword marking the occasion. All free men, even the clergy, were almost always armed and it would take God himself to disarm them. And that’s just what happened.
Fights had begun to break out during services. Rules were laid out forbidding weapons from ever entering a church. To make sure this rule was followed easily, churches allowed weapons to be stored in the porch. The Church Porch is still known by some variation of Weapon-House in many areas of Scandinavia for this very reason.