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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 5th December, 2012)

Peace Gate

Peace Gate
St Wilfrid's Church, Standish.

Photo: Alan Banks  (Panasonic DMC-TZ3)
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Comment by: Ken R on 5th December 2012 at 00:02

Impressive, not seen that before. I must have driven past this with my eyes closed.

Comment by: Alan (on Van Isle) on 5th December 2012 at 01:37

Lovely photo. The gatehouse looks like a small castle......guarding the church from......? what ?

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 5th December 2012 at 02:18

What an imposing picture, very intricate ironwork on the gate. It is a lovely church but not my denomination!! St Marie's would also be a lovely pic!! Well done Alan, cheers!!

Comment by: Mick on 5th December 2012 at 06:09

It looks closed.

Comment by: Mac on 5th December 2012 at 08:25

It's a memorial to the dead of WWI.
Splendid architectural structure.
Nice one, Alan.

Comment by: irene roberts on 5th December 2012 at 09:33

It may be closed in the picture, but it is usually open. I was there recently with a friend whose great-uncle's name is on the list, just inside the gate, of soldiers lost in both world wars. We also had a walk around the lovely churchyard where there are some extremely old gravestones. But parking in Standish was a nightmare.....and this was on a quiet weekday.

Comment by: Janice on 5th December 2012 at 09:36

Great photo. Never seen this church - can feel a visit coming on!

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 5th December 2012 at 13:00

Janice, there are lots to see in Standish. See :-
Album, Places, Standish.
New Gallery, Standish
For a view of this war memorial gatehouse from inside churchyard see

Comment by: Alan H on 5th December 2012 at 14:22

Janice, due to vandalism the church is kept locked but from time to time guided tours are arranged. You could of course go to a service to see inside this Grade 2 listed building.

Comment by: Pedant on 5th December 2012 at 15:46

Erm...you mean,grade 1 listed building?

Comment by: irene roberts on 5th December 2012 at 16:15

You can go in the churchyard though, Alan, can't you? My friend and I have been twice and had no problem going through the gate in the photo. Unless we just went at the right time.

Comment by: Roy on 5th December 2012 at 17:35

Yes there are four other entrances to the churchyard 3 on Rectory Lane and one from the car park which is behind the church notice board which can be seen on the right hand side of the Peace Gate.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 5th December 2012 at 18:03

5 if you count the entrance from the cul~de~sac off Baxter Street

Comment by: alan lad on 5th December 2012 at 18:21

a cracker, best for while.

Comment by: Art on 6th December 2012 at 01:44

The gate on the carpark to the right, is the "Lychgate", the old name for the "Corpse Gate", where the deceased would wait in shelter for interment

Comment by: Frances on 6th December 2012 at 09:58

I was lucky to find myself in Standish for a few weeks during the summer, researching some of my ancestors, many of whom were baptised and married at this magnificent church. I consider myself blessed to be given a guided tour of the church while I was there, and it literally brought tears to my eyes. A great many pictures were taken by me, but not a one of them come anywhere near this one Alan. I would be very grateful for your permission of allowing me to copy this fabulous shot, so that I can keep it with the rest of my treasured memorabilia. Kind regards and thank you in advance.

Comment by: Alan H on 6th December 2012 at 13:58

Pedant, my excuse is that the 2 is very close to the 1 on my keyboard.Happy to put the record straight.

Comment by: a banks on 6th December 2012 at 15:44

no problem frances, do as you like , cheers.

Comment by: Roy on 1st January 2013 at 16:59

Sorry Art, you,re wrong again about Standish, firstly it was Spite Row now it,s the Lychgate. The Lychgate is situated on Rectory Lane about 150 yards through the churchyard from the Peace Gate.You can just see the Lychgate on Dan Highton,s photo posted on 11th Sept 2012.

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