Lynch gate at the Church of St Peter Higham on the Hill

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Comments (7)

Margrit M. Berger (S… on May 11, 2009

Peter, lovely photo! I like these gates and this one is very special and symbolic with the cemetery behind. A gate through which we all have to go one day...

Warm regards, May

pedrocut on May 11, 2009

Thank you May

Unfortunately you are correct, and now you have got me thinking that the gate being open may well worry the superstitious. In this case my friend had already entered before I took the shot.

But now, if I am there first I think I would shut it and then open it, just in case!

Best Wishes Peter

edev on February 19, 2010

That's a lych gate, not a lynch gate!

pedrocut on February 19, 2010

Actually it is a lychgate according to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, all one word. According to the Oxford Reference Dictionary it is lych-gate with a hyphen, or lich-gate.

So we all learn something every day!


♫ Swissmay 2 on February 21, 2010

Both of you, Peter and Edev made me curious. I looked the word up in the 'Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language' and found about 'Lichgate': "A churchyard gate. So called because a corpse in a bier may be rested under it."

Rather scary - interesting the fact that a corpse in German is 'Leiche'. I might try to find another entrance. ;)

Kind regards, May

pedrocut on February 22, 2010

Hi May

Looking into the meaning of lyke wake, a night watch over a corpse, and reading the abbreviations, I found that the word lyke comes from the Old English word lic meaning corpse. This in turn perhaps came from Old Norse, a derivative being lichgate (lich-gate).

Turning to lichgate, a roofed gateway to a churchyard where a coffin awaits the arrival of the clergyman, it said that lich is derived fro lic meaning corpse, and could of Germanic origin!

Best Wishes Peter

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Photo taken in Higham on the Hill, Nuneaton, Leicestershire CV13, UK

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    by pedrocut
    • Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 900Ti
    • Taken on 2008/06/12 11:31:00
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