Alternative spellings are lichgate, lycugate, lyke-gate or as two words lych gate.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates.
The word lych dates back to Old English or Saxon and means corpse. Lychgates are covered gateways into an English churchyard.
The lychgate into the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, Acton, Cheshire, England. A traditional style with an extensive roof.
The lychgate into the churchyard of the Church of St Editha, Church Eaton, Staffordshire, England. A more modern representation of a lychgate. There are several interesting things in the photo, at the left edge of the frame in an old fashioned water pump. Between the water pump and the lychgate is a very worn sandstone step. The step has had so much use that the slab of sandstone has been flipped over to use the other side as the step. Finally, according to my caption on the slide mount the church originally had a tower with the spire added at a later date.