Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Artifact Quiz

You know that it is a gate, but what kind of gate is it, or what is its function? It is made out of wood with a central metal post on which it pivots open.
Like this
On top of the gate are two sturdy pieces of metalwork, they are not there just for show but are an important part of the gates function
They also pivot and turn
Now the gate is open, enabling people to pass either side of it with ease.
I will switch on comments moderation as usual and the answer will be given on Thursday at 12 noon GMT
The clues are there!

44 comments:

  1. It's a Lych Gate to a churchyard, the coffin bearers can pass either side and rest the coffin on the iron brackets. There is probably a roof over the gate to shelter from rain while they wait for the mourners to gather.

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  2. How nice the gate .... never seen before ...
    have a nice day
    love
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you for visiting Kathy - do come back and find out the answer

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  3. Please Miss, may I have another go?
    Add to my earlier description - the actual gate is called a Tapsel Gate.
    The Lych Gate bit is the covered entrance way.
    I'm sure someone else has now got there before me!

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    1. No, you are still the first one with the correct answer

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  4. Oh Rosemary., another quiz!!

    It's a lovely gate - I can't wait to see the answer as I am clueless about what the gate might be.

    Ms Soup

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  5. I guess that it's a version of a Lych Gate - the things on top that swivel could be used to rest coffins on while the mourners procession passes through on either side of the gate into the church to be followed by the bier carrying the coffin escorted by the pall-bearers, or carried by them if there was no bier.. Very interesting and unusual - I've not seen one of those before, where is it? Most Lych Gates have a roof over them, don't they?
    I always love your photographs, Rosemary - wish I could take such good ones! I follow your blog via Perpetua until I get round to setting up my own (one day ....!)

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    1. Thank you for visiting Helva and for your kind comment re: photos. I sometimes think that I should get myself a decent camera, but my little point and shoot fits so well in my bag.
      The church is St. Peter, Duntisbourne Abbots, in the Cotswolds.

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  6. A very nice gate, so ingenious, but how they call it, I have really no idea.
    I certainly will be back for the answer for I am really curious.

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    1. Me too and I'm baffled as well !

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    2. Please return Janneke for the answer.

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    3. Do come back on Thursday Silver Bunny

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  7. This is a beautiful gate, which appears to lead into a church-yard. Is it a baffle gate? I love your quiz posts Rosemary.

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    1. A good attempt Patricia - according to wiki a baffle gate is what we call a turnstile gate which only lets one person enter at a time - this gate lets several people through at the same time on both sides.

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    1. Good guess Elaine and correct ✔

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  9. A lovely gate, it's a pivotal one but have no idea as to what it's called, Rosemary....I will return to find out the answer...regards,
    Margaret

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    1. I will be back again on Thursday Margaret with the answer

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  10. Can't say I have ever seen anything like it, or perhaps i have and just not noticed. Is it for putting a coffin on with the bearers either side?

    Jean x

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  11. Hello Rosemary

    A beautiful gate but I do not have a clue as to it's function. The suspense will drive me wild. Till Thursday then
    Helen xx

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    1. I look forward to your return on Thursday Helen

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  12. Dear Rosemary,

    Once again you have stumped me. I imagine that if the gate pivots at its center, it would be easier and less cumbersome to open and close. I'm also guessing that the two narrower openings make it easier or harder for something specific to pass through. As for the metal on top, I can only figure that the way they are turned is a code for what is to pass through (or has passed through), sort of like the little flag on a mail box.

    I'll look forward to your answer!

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    1. Lots of good ideas Mark - I think that may be this gate is something only found in England.

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  13. To znaczy ,że ta brama obraca się o 90stopni na tym metalowym słupku i jak za nią jest coś do zwiedzania np jakiś ogród botaniczny i jest dużo turystów to takie ustawienie bramy pomaga w ułatwieniu ruchu , jedną sroną ludzie wchodzą a drugą wychodzą?
    Pozdrawiam miło:)

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    1. Niektóre dobre pomysły - dziękuję za danie jej spróbować

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  14. No idea, but it's a well-kept gate. If there are clues, I missed them completely!! Looking forward to finding out Thursday.

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    1. You will spot the clues on Thursday.

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  15. Hello Rosemary, I have never seen anything like that, but it seems that the top metal brackets are meant to support something long and heavy, like a coffin, so I am guessing that this is some sort of lych gate.
    --Jim

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    1. Very good guess Jim, well done ✔

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  16. Dear Rosemary,
    the gate is beautiful and functional - the path behind looks like a graveyard's path. But I have no idea what this gate is called. Am looking forward to the solution - and like your quizzes so much! (Soon I will put a botanical question - answer I don't know, so no quizz - on my blog).

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  17. Some sort of kissing gate was my first thought, but if it all turns sideways then probably not. I am very intrigued and will definitely be waiting to find out the answer! xx

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    1. You are right Amy it is not a kissing gate

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  18. Hi Rosemary, I posted my answer the other day, but can't see it on your blog. has it been lost in the mists of time or did i guess right?

    Jean x

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    1. Hello Jean - I am holding back the correct answers to give everyone a chance!!! but it will be shown tomorrow.

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  19. oooh...I have no idea, but it's quite lovely!

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  20. Could it be something to do with carrying the coffin in a suitably dignified fashion? No need for someone to hold or prop the gate open?

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  21. And a resting place on the gate for the coffin & carriers, of course.

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