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Wordless Wednesday: Slaugham, Sussex

18 May
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Postcard Album: Lych Gate, Bolney, Sussex

1 May

I have previously featured two postcards of the lych gate at Bolney, Sussex (here and here) but I make no apologies for featuring another one.

Being photographic this one has much more detail, despite the postcard being slightly damaged. As I have written before about the lych gate I won’t go into details again, but I will repeat the fact that it is a fabulous piece of workmanship.

The card has no mention of a photographer or publisher, but fortunately it was used so there is a postmark. It was sent from Horsham, Sussex (where I started my walk yesterday) on the 6th April 1914 to a Mr C. Tourtel of St. Martins, Guernsey on the Channel Islands.

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Picture Postcard Parade: Church and Lich Gate, Framfield, Sussex

7 Nov

This is another gem from the WSFHS Open Day and Family History Fair last weekend. The subject will need no introduction to readers of my blog. I have featured Framfield church several times because of its connection to my HEMSLEY ancestors.

Church and Lich Gate, Framfield

This card was published by J. Frisby of Uckfield, it was posted in Uckfield on the 14th November 1912. It was sent to Mr J. Bolton of 11 Commercial Street, Scarborough. The message is a little cryptic: Dont think we have forgotten you altogether. We heard about you having one of our set in the Church. What do you think of the Lytch Gate.

A couple of different postcards of the church can be found in my posts Framfield Church postcard – another new addition to my collection and Framfield Photos: Part Three – Framfield church then and now

Picture Postcard Parade: Lych Gate, Bolney, Sussex

13 Oct

At the beginning of September I showed you a postcard of the lych gate at Bolney, Sussex. One of my purchases last weekend was a view of the south side of the lych gate. This view shows the flight of steps leading up to the lych gate.

Lychgate, Bolney, Sussex

Lychgate, Bolney, Sussex

This card was sent from Bolney by Clara to her mother, Mrs W. Hunt of Rougham, Suffolk wishing her a happy birthday on the 30th November 1906. The card was published by Harry Tullett of nearby Haywards Heath as part of the Dolphin Series.

A postcard of Bolney church itself can be seen here.

The lych gate at Bolney, Sussex

2 Sep

As I mentioned the splendid lych gate at Bolney, Sussex in my post about my Bank Holiday walk I thought it only right that I should show you a picture of it. None of my photos were really any good (it is quite enclosed so most of it was in shadow all the time I was there), so here is a picture of it from my postcard collection.

The lych gate at Bolney, Sussex

The lych gate at Bolney, Sussex

To be honest it doesn’t really do it justice, this view is taken from inside the churchyard looking south, out through the lych gate. The central stone “plinth” is the lich stone, where the coffin could be rested. The other side of the lych gate is a short flight of stone steps, so I am sure the lich stone was well used. Also at the top of the steps is a wide seating area with stone benches. I will have to try and find a postcard of the view from the south.

According to the Victoria County History of Sussex at British History Online the lych gate was built in 1905 and it is made of oak on “dwarf walls of Sussex marble”. The circular area just in front of the lych gate is a mill stone set into the path.

I have previously featured a postcard of the church itself in an earlier post.

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