St Mary's Church, Kersey Location map
 
  Scene showing St. Mary's Church, Kersey, Suffolk, England   St. Mary's Church.

The church is mentioned in the Doomsday Book, although it has been much enlarged since then, and there are records showing plans to enlarge and beautify the church in the early 14th century.

 

 

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  Scene showing St. Mary's Church, Kersey, Suffolk, England   St. Mary's Church.

The massive tower, built entirely of flint, was completed in 1481 and the walls at the base are five feet thick.

 

 

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  Photograph of the Lych Gate, St. Mary's Church, Kersey, Suffolk, England   The Lych Gate, St. Mary's Church.

The name of these covered gateways at the entrance to a churchyard is derived from 'Lych', or 'Lich', the old english term for 'corpse'. The covered gateway was where coffin bearers could wait, under shelter, for the minister to arrive to begin the funeral proceedings.

 

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