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One hundred and one years ago my curate great-grandfather preached a sermon in Esperanto at the church of Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, York, on the occasion of the British Esperanto Congress being held in the city. When I lived in York in the 1980s I often visited the church, loving the old box pews (as who couldn't?), but at that time I didn't know about Thomas Robinson Butler's performance. Yesterday, however, in the wake of a conference organised by the talented and delightful Clementine Beauvais, I visited with her and Maria Nikolajeva, and photographed what was, I assume, the very pulpit:

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Meanwhile, here are Clementine (l) and Maria (r), as seen through the church's hagioscope:

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Tonight I'm staying with Farah and Edward in Stoke-on-Trent, which really ought to be the occasion to visit the Esperanto Association's Butler Library, named after Thomas's son, my grandfather and housed at nearby Barlaston. But, alas, Wolverhampton calls and I must take the morning train. Bonan nokton, ĉiuj!

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Date: 2017-05-08 12:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rushthatspeaks
You have just caused me to look up hagioscope, for which I thank you, as I had no idea that was a feature in church architecture. Also those are very good pictures.

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Date: 2017-05-10 08:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ethelmay
When I first saw the word, I thought perhaps it meant that people seen through it looked like saints in a window. But as one might be making any expression whatsoever, I suppose that doesn't quite work.

Also I rather like the idea of someone solemnly translating "squint" as "hagioscope," as in "Let's have a hagioscope at that, shall we?" or "Too much hagioscope -- let's take this picture where the sun's not in your eyes."

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Date: 2017-05-08 08:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shewhomust
Hagioscope was new to me, too, as a word. It looks like what I think of as a lepers' squint.

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Date: 2017-05-08 10:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Wolverhampton?

Just down the road- you really must drop by some time! :o)

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