A red bicycle sheltering from the rain.
I took this picture with my iPhone this morning. I liked the contrast of the modern bicycle parked under the lychgate of our traditional village church.
Apart from knowing what they were called, I’d always thought lychgates were there just because they looked nice.
A little googling brought up some information about the word 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 a traditional English or English-style churchyard. – wiki
And about what they were originally used for:
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 have 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.wiki–
Isn’t it amazing what you can learn in the course of a morning thanks to the internet in general and to blogging in particular.
And of course to Cee for her OddBall Photo Challenge.