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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 !!! More pictures of Ribchester by Sue Bristo...
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Aperture: f 3.3, ISO: 100, Exposure time: 1/30 sec, Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Date/Time Creation: April 8, 2010, 2:23 pm
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