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Good Morning Everyone,

Yesterday, I showed you the entrance to Salle Church (St. Peter and St. Paul).

In front of the church is a lovely lychgate.

Lychgates consist of a roofed porch-like structure over a gate, often built of wood. They usually consist of four or six upright wooden posts in a rectangular shape. On top of this are a number of beams to hold a pitched roof covered in thatch or wooden or clay tiles. They sometimes have recessed seats on either side of the gate itself, for the use of pall-bearers or vigil watchers.

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.

It was lightly raining when I took this shot so I used 'Foliage' filter in Color Efex to give the photo a little more colour.

I will show a different view of the lychgate as a workshop, taken from the shelter of the church.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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