SY5889 : Lych gate, The Church of St Michael and All Angels

taken 6 years ago, near to Littlebredy, Dorset, Great Britain

Lych gate, The Church of St Michael and All Angels
Lych gate, The Church of St Michael and All Angels
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
Sunday, 1 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 11 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Place (from Tags)
Littlebredy 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 5873 8903 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:41.9663N 2:35.1437W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SY 5874 8902
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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