Page 15, 4th June 1937

4th June 1937
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Page 15, 4th June 1937 — " LEPER WINDOWS " IN OLD CHURCHES Yorkshire Professor Believes Them a Misnomer

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" LEPER WINDOWS " IN OLD CHURCHES Yorkshire Professor Believes Them a Misnomer

Professor Hamilton Thompson, of Leeds 'University, a leading authority on archeology, does not agree that "leper windows" in old churches were used for the purpose which their name denotes.

" Such a theory," he says, " presupposes that there was in the Middle Ages in England an itinerant band of lepers roaming about the countryside with a passionate desire to look into churches.

"The idea that the lepers were confessed through such windows was one of the most improbable theories ever put forward."

Sanctus Bell

He thinks it more likely that the windows were used for a server to ring a bell in order to warn people in the churchyard that Mass was beginning. In support of this theory he states that as low side windows became rare their place was taken by Sanctus bells.

Professor Thompson's address was given to the members of the Leeds Thoresby Society on their visit to the XIIth century church at Bossall, near York, last Saturday...

K.S.C. and the Schools

The Knights of St. Columba of Westminster Province last week made a contribution of £400 to the Archbishop's School Fund. The money has been raised by the donations of members in the various Councils of the Province.

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