lych-gate


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lych-gate

or lych gate also lich gate  (lĭch′gāt′)
n.
A roofed gateway to a churchyard used originally as a resting place for a bier before burial.

[Middle English lycheyate : lyche, corpse, body (from Old English līc; see līk- in Indo-European roots) + gate, yate, gate; see gate1.]
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Chattering sadly to each other, the mourners passed through the lych-gate and traversed the chestnut avenues that led down to the village.
Emergency services were called to St Agnes Church off Colmore Crescent, in Moseley, after a Vauxhall Zafira hit the lych-gate, just before 1.45am yesterday.
The lych-gate stood and showed me, and I felt The pebbles teach my feet.
"It was originally intended that they should walk through the grounds and so enter the church by a side door, but owing to the inclement weather they drove down the drive from the hall and along the road to the lych-gate.
Frustratingly, there was no initial or christian name and there is no entry on the lych-gate.