The church of St Mary the Virgin, Norton. 1950

A view of the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Norton with with what we previously though was the lychgate but now know it to be the side gate. The church is of Saxon foundation with later additions and alterations. In the nave there is a knight effigy with a shield quartered with the arms of Blakiston, Surtees-Bowes, Conyers and Dalden Conyers, possibly dating from the 13th century. John Walker inventor of the friction match is buried in the churchyard. The church is a grade I listed building.

7 thoughts on “The church of St Mary the Virgin, Norton. 1950

  1. This church is also the resting place for John Walker a chemist responsible for inventing the friction match by accident, also the resting place of Thomas Sheraton the renowned cabinet maker who died a pauper.

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  2. The gate shown in the photograph was replaced,in the late 1940″s, by the present Lychgate which was made by Thompson”s of Kilburn. Visitors might like to try and find the three carved mice, Thompson”s trademark.

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  3. Further to my previous comments, I note that the entrance gate is still being referred to as the Lych Gate, which it is not. Neither does the word Lych mean “Life” as stated by Mr.Harbron. The word does in fact mean “Corpse” and the object of the Lych Gate was for the storage of bodies awaiting burial, and as such it was a covered structure. There is an excellent Gate located further along the pathway to the Church.

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  4. I was delighted by the charming view of this fine old Church, as my wife and I were married here in September 1955.  However, the gate as shown is not the Lychgate, which is located further along the pathway to the Church. The Lychgate was quite an imposing structure with a gabled roof and I have,in our Family Album, several photographs of our Wedding Party passing through this gateway. The gate as shown, of which I also have photographs, was a garden gate affair at the beginning of the driveway to the Church.

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  5. St Marys Lychgate 1950. This Lych or ‘Life-Gate although a modern edifice (1948) is built on the Medieval ‘Peg and Dowel’ System, in that no nails or iron are used to secure the structure

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