ST9383 : Lych gate, Rodbourne

near to Rodbourne, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Lych gate, Rodbourne
Lych gate, Rodbourne
The lych gate to the Church of the Holy Rood.

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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2011
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Friday, 12 August, 2011   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 4 April, 2012
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Boundary, Barrier  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
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Rodbourne 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 9340 8335 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.9401N 2:5.7946W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 9340 8335
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