THE SQUINT

the squint

 

 

At the entrance to the Sanford Memorial Chapel there is a squint or hagioscope. Prior to the Reformation this was the only place where one could see the elevation of the host i.e. breaking of the bread, as the chancel would have been curtained off. A Priest would be by the hagioscope during the service and when the point was reached when the bread was being broken he would indicate to the bell ringer to ring the bell. This would indicate to all the village that the most important part of the service had been reached.