Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Lych Gate...

The chapel will be located on the left side of the courtyard as you draw near to the main house itself. It is enclosed by a hedged and walled rose garden. As one walks from the courtyard into the chapel precincts, one will pass through a lych gate, which will be the only passage through the hedge on that side of the garden.

The word lych, come from the old English, Lic, meaning corpse. It was where the body would rest before being taken inside a church during a funeral procession. As morbid as the history sounds, they are actually very charming architectural features...


  1. I feel like I learn someting new every time I read your posts!
    Yes, it would be great to put a face to the author of this wonderful blog. What is the best way for me to get in contact once we are in Hamilton? We are basing ourselves in Tauranga but have several friends to catch up with in the Waikato so would be keen to swing by.

  2. You could email me at the address below once you are in NZ and we could arrange to meet that way? Dx


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