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Photographer: © Sue Bristo (Gallery)(5th May 2010)
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Hagioscope

Hagioscopes ... one possibility is it was a Leper's Squint through which lepers were able to follow the service and take communion while remaining outside the Church. Others believe that it is an Easter Sepulchre; used to recreate the Easter mystery at a time where visual imagery played an important part in worship ... this one is in St. Wilfred's Church at Ribchester, Lancashire and has been used for the purpose of Easter - I don't think there are many lepers in the village nowadays !!!

A picture of: Ribchester, Lancashire ( More pictures of Ribchester by Sue Bristo )

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Camera Make: Panasonic Model: DMC-TZ7
Aperture: f 3.3, ISO: 100, Exposure time: 1/30 sec, Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Date/Time Creation: April 8, 2010, 2:23 pm

ImageID:1114904, Image size: 3648 x 2736 pixels

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Comment by Peter Evans(5th May 2010)

Nice shot and good explanation Sue.

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Comment by Ruth Gregory(6th May 2010)

Very cool shot, Sue. And thanks for the history lesson. It's not anything I'd ever heard of.

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Comment by Krissy(6th May 2010)

Great shot! And very interesting history!!

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Comment by Sue H(7th May 2010)

Lovely shot, Sue. I've never seen one of these.

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Comment by Stephanie Jackson(9th May 2010)

Lovely shot - really unusual

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