The New International Encyclopædia/Lich-gate

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Edition of 1905. See also Lychgate on Wikipedia, and the disclaimer.

LICH-GATE (from lich, AS. līc, OHG. līh, Ger. Leiche, Goth. leik, corpse, body + gate), or Corpse-Gate. A churchyard gate with a porch or shed attached. Such gates are common in many parts of England. The bodies of persons brought for burial are set down under the shelter of the roof while the service is read.