ST6623 : Lych gate, Church of St Peter and St Paul

taken 8 years ago, near to Charlton Horethorne, Somerset, Great Britain

Lych gate, Church of St Peter and St Paul
Lych gate, Church of St Peter and St Paul
Many churches have a lych gate built over the main entrance to the enclosed area round the church. The name, also spelt lich or lytch, is from the Anglo Saxon 'lich' meaning corpse. The gate marks the division between consecrated and unconsecrated ground, where the bearers sheltered with the coffin, waiting for the clergyman to lead the procession before the burial. The original lych gates had seats, a lych cross and a lych stone - a slab on which the coffin rested.
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 February, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 7 February, 2010
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Lych gate   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 665 231 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:0.3889N 2:28.7306W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 664 230
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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