A dividing wall between the central nave in which the community watched the service and the choir that was reserved for the clerics. Rood screens were common since the 13th century. The rod screen usually had one or more openings but limited the sight into the choir. Rood screens did not fit into the new liturgy (mainly because of the reformation) because they stood between the community and the Sacrifice of the Mass. For this reason most rood screens were destroyed in the late middle age. Schleswig: Entries U to Z
An architectural screen of stone, wood, or metal separating the chancel from the nave of a church building. It is called a "rood screen" because it is customary to set a crucifix at the top of the screen.
Screen across church, usually at entrance to chancel, with a gallery on top for a crucifix and figures St. Mary and St. John. (in the case of Burton Bradstock the loft was fixed directly to the wall between the nave and the crossing)
The rood screen (also choir screen or chancel screen) is a common feature in late medieval church architecture, dividing the chancel from the nave. It was often surmounted by a loft (called the rood loft) on which stood the rood itself, a large figure of the crucified Christ, set high up, usually level with the springing of the chancel arch. Sometimes the rood loft was also substantial enough to be used as a singing gallery; access was via a rood stair.