July 22, 2005

Obscure Architectural Term of the Day!

Been a while, hasn't it? OFF MY BACK--I'VE BEEN BUSY! Sorta.

Anyway, today's entry is:

SQUINT. An obliquely cut opening in a wall or through a pier to allow a view of the main altar of a church from places whence it could not otherwise be seen; also called a hagioscope.

From the Penguin Dictionary of Architecture, Third Edition.

I think we all know this better as a peephole.

Well now, let's see if we can find some pictures of one of those--although the Internet being what it is, I think I might better search for hagioscope--I'm not prepared this morning for anything of a non-ecclesiastical nature, such as might be found in various tanning salons or Interstate rest stop bathrooms.

If you go HERE, and scroll all the way down the page, you can see the squint in the Upton church in Nottinghamshire, and here's a picture of one at the St. Botolph's church in the edge of Kettering in the village of Barton Seagrave, Northamptonshire 'the rose of the shires,' that gives you a better look at what you'd be expected to see should you decide to squint through a squint.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at July 22, 2005 08:38 AM

The view beats sitting behind a girder at the old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore but I bet the crab cakes aren’t as good.

Posted by: jim at July 22, 2005 11:51 AM