ST7508 : Lych gate, The Church of St Mary and St James

taken 7 years ago, near to Droop, Dorset, Great Britain

Lych gate, The Church of St Mary and St James
Lych gate, The Church of St Mary and St James
The lych gate was erected in 1955. There is a carved Basque crucifix in the gable. It is built of English oak and local stone. The gate was given a Civic Trust Award and the certificate is on display within the church.

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
Saturday, 12 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 5 July, 2010
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Lych gate   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 752 082 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:52.4172N 2:21.1652W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 752 083
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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