TQ6242 : Lych Gate, St Peter's. Pembury

taken 9 years ago, near to Crockhurst Street, Kent, Great Britain

Lych Gate, St Peter's. Pembury
Lych Gate, St Peter's. Pembury
This 13th century church is the old parish church for the village of Pembury. The church is located approx 2 Km north of the present village. It was built here because it is close to Pembury Hall.
Lych Gates
A lychgate or as two separate words lych gate, is a gateway covered with a roof found at the entrance to a traditional English churchyard. The name comes from the Old English for a corpse (lic) and was traditionally where the clergy met the corpse for burial. It was also a shelter for the pall bearers.

Old Church of St Peter, Pembury
Pembury has two churches dedicated to St Peter. The oldest, known as the Old Church, stands outside the modern village in the woods to the north of the A228 bypass. The newer building, known as the Upper Church ( LinkExternal link ), stands in the heart of the village on Hastings Road.
The plan of the Old Church and the little Norman window above the South door indicate that the original Church dates from 1147 at least, or even 1100AD. Most of the present Church was built in 1337 by John Colepeper of Bayhall. He also built the chantry chapel of St Mary in the churchyard in 1355 but this was pulled down at the Dissolution of the smaller Monasteries in 1547 and three windows in the body of the Church were inserted with the money gained from the sale of the lead which had covered the chapel.
The most notable feature inside the Church is the roof of the nave. It is said to be one of the best specimens of the tie-beam and kingpost type in the country.
It is Grade I listed. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Thursday, 27 August, 2009   (more nearby)
Monday, 14 September, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 625 429 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:9.7566N 0:19.4269E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 625 429
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