The All Saintsí Squint

The All Saints’ Squint

Perhaps as Richard rode up the High Street (now called Highcross Street) he caught a glimpse of the altar of All Saints’ through the opening on its west front. These openings are called ‘squints’. They allowed a traveller to see the place, where the sacrifice of Calvary was ritually enacted each time mass was said. They also provided a view of the service for lepers, who, because of their condition, were not encouraged to enter churches. Richard would also have ridden past a leper house just north of the river.