SK1337 : Lychgate

taken 3 years ago, near to Marston Montgomery, Derbyshire, Great Britain

The Lychgate is part of a group of features protected as grade II listed (LinkExternal link )
Lych Gates
A lychgate or as two separate words lych gate, is a gateway covered with a roof found at the entrance to a traditional English churchyard. The name comes from the Old English for a corpse (lic) and was traditionally where the clergy met the corpse for burial. It was also a shelter for the pall bearers.

St Giles' church, Marston Montgomery
Grade II* listed.

St Giles' church at Marston Montgomery is one of Derbyshire's oldest churches. The chancel arch is of Saxon origin and may well have been built before William I conquered England. The north aisle has a Norman arcade and although this aisle apparently collapsed in the early 18th century and remained in disrepair, it was finally removed in 1824 with the columns becoming part of the outer wall. However due to the increase in demand for more accommodation, the aisle was reinstated in 1876 when the church was restored by St Aubyn of Cornwall, giving the church an "Arts & Crafts feel".
The windows on each side of the chancel are Norman and the east window is 14th century, however all the original glass is now missing and was restored by the Victorians. In the west end wall there is a primitive Norman window half way up the wall where there used to be an old balustraded singing gallery able to accommodate 30 people standing. This was dismantled in Victorian times.
There is a mass dial on the Norman tympanum above the main door to the church.

Info based on church guide book.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 21 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 8 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement 
Period (from Tags)
Late 19th Century 
Primary Subject of Photo
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1348 3791 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:56.3051N 1:48.0525W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1347 3792
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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