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St Swithins Exterior

Located at the top of Church Lane in Sproatley and standing in a leafy and tranquil setting, St Swithins can be accessed via the old Lych Gate which leads onwards towards to the porch which houses the main entrance to the Church. The support housing for the Lych Gate has walls constructed of brick and stone and its slated roof is supported by large timber beams. It was designed and built in 1899 by John Bilson of Hull to commemorate Queen Victoria's reign. A wooden plaque on the left inside wall of the Lych Gate bears the following inscription:- 

'He that is once born, once must die.  To the glory of God and to commemorate the long and glorious reign of Victoria. Queen and Empress. This Lych Gate is erected A.D.1899'

The rear of the Churchyard contains a rock thought to have been deposited during the Ice Age; it was restored and fenced by members of the Sproatley Womens Institute for European Heritage Year in 1975.

The base and part of the shaft of a medieval cross can also be found in the rear of the Churchyard. It is thought possible that the cross may have previously been standing in the south of the village. It is further thought that these remaining pieces from it may have been removed to the nearby rectory-house garden by the 1840s and they are now kept in the churchyard.

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* All pictures copyright 2012

 

The Lych Gate in Church Lane
The Lych Gate in Church Lane
This 19th century covered gateway leads from the road and up the pathway, through the front churchyard, to the main entrance to the Church.
The Lych Gate
The Lych Gate
The notice board here bears the spelling of 'Swithun'. The inscribed metal plaque dates the structure.
From the Lych Gate
From the Lych Gate
From the Lych Gate the pathway leads to the Church's main entrance
Pathway back to the Lych Gate
Pathway back to the Lych Gate
Looking back down the pathway from the Church's entrance to the Lych Gate on Church Lane.
Porch and Entrance
Porch and Entrance
The Porch and Main Entrance to St Swithins
St Swithins Church
St Swithins Church
View of the front of the Church with the porch and main entrance to the right. A path to the right of the entrance leads to the rear of the Church.
From East to West at the front of the Church
From East to West at the front of the Church
Looking towards the Porch (main entrance)
Rear view of St Swithins
Rear view of St Swithins
The view of the rear of St Swithins Church from the peaceful churchyard is particularly striking.
The rear of the Churchyard
The rear of the Churchyard
Part of the medieval Cross - also the Ice-age rock deposit are to be found here.

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