SO8609 : Lych gate, St Mary's Church Painswick

taken 11 years ago, near to Painswick, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Lych gate, St Mary's Church Painswick
Lych gate, St Mary's Church Painswick
The half timbered lych gate was built in 1901 with timbers from the old belfry.

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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Monday, 9 August, 2010   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 22 August, 2010
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Lych gate   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 86573 09639 [1m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.1148N 2:11.7631W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 86573 09639
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