2011

NZ2288 : Lych gate, St John's Church

taken 13 years ago, near to Longhirst, Northumberland, England

Lych gate, St John's Church
Lych gate, St John's 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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NZ2288, 32 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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Maigheach-gheal   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Thursday, 7 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 30 August, 2011
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2253 8891 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:11.6372N 1:38.8583W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2253 8893
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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