SP8510 : The Tapsell Lychgate at Weston Turville

taken 13 years ago, near to Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

The Tapsell Lychgate at Weston Turville
The Tapsell Lychgate at Weston Turville
The Lychgate of St Mary the Virgin is of a very unusual design and is a grade II listed building LinkExternal link and has been renovated in 2006. The gate is mounted on a wooden post which is pivoted top and bottom and there is a weight and pulley mechanism to automatically close the gate SP8510 : The Tapsell Gate Mechanism . Gates of a similar design occur at Chalfont St Giles (Buckinghamshire) LinkExternal link , Heston (Middlesex) LinkExternal link and Burnsall (Yorkshire) LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) and SE0361 : Lych Gate, St. Wilfred's Church, Burnsall .

The Lychgate carries the plaque “This Tapsell Lychgate was faithfully renovated by Don Billing 2004.” Wikipedia has a page on the Tapsel or Tapsell lychgates of Sussex LinkExternal link and it is clear that while these gates are resolve on a central post, the design is fundamentally different. The earliest gate in Sussex is believed to have been named after John Tapsel or Tapsell, probably in 1729. It seems that in 1896 the Heston gate was (incorrectly?) described as a Tapsel gate LinkExternal link and since then the name has sometimes also been applied to gates closed with a chain, pulley and counterweight.

See SP8510 : St Mary the Virgin, Weston Turville for general information about the church.
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Thursday, 16 April, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 18 April, 2009
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