The Lych Gate
article posted 7 Aug 2014

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This restoration project is really significant. Traditionally the Lych Gate was the point of entry for all to the church. The name "Lych Gate" dates back to the days before motor driven hearses when coffin bearers were glad to rest there and gain some shelter from the rain, before processing into church for the funeral. "Lych" is an old word referring to the departed who was being so carried.

But more than that, the Lych Gate was the portal through which children were carried to baptism, and through which, as they were growing up, they were brought to join in the life of the church.

And joyfully the Lych Gate was adorned with flowers to celebrate each wedding. Long may that tradition continue in Haydock!