Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

As with many old churches, St Alkelda's Church has a lychgate. A lychgate, also spelled lichgate, lycugate, lyke-gate or as two separate words lych gate, (from Old English lic, corpse) is a gateway covered with a roof, found at the entrance to an English-style churchyard.

In the Middle Ages, before mortuaries, and at a time when most people died at home, the dead were placed on a bier and taken to the lychgate where they remained, often attended against bodysnatchers, until the funeral service, which may have been a day or two later. The lychgate kept the rain off, and often had seats for the vigil watchers. Bodies at that time were buried in just shrouds rather than coffins. At the funeral, the priest conducted the first part of the service under the shelter of the lychgate.

There is so much history involved with churches that it is always worthwhile having a good look round.

I will show a slightly different view, from beneath the lychgate, as a workshop. It will reveal just how difficult it was to obtain particular views of the building because of the trees.

Have a good weekend, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9401 W: 371 N: 21779] (85606)
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