Bordering on Yorkshire (Explore 12/07/18 #9)
St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale
I was going to title this 'Heaven's Gate' on account of the gates at the end of the passageway until I googled the title... whoops!
Kirkby Lonsdale is a small town and civil parish in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria on the River Lune. It's a pleasant little market town and an enjoyable place to wander around for a couple of hours. We just happened upon this passageway on the way to Ruskin's View through the churchyard.
Not much to say about the church apart from the usual history stuff - a mixture of architecture, some dating from the early 12th century. On the south wall is a memorial tablet to the little known scientist - William Sturgeon, who is noted for building the first practical electromagnet, the first galvanometer, and the first electric motor. ... I could go on!
What I did like were the side gates which had an ingenious, but simple mechanism, to automatically close them. They are mounted on a 'u' shaped cam and roller with the lowest point in the closed position, but it was the plaque on the wall that made me laugh...
"These unique gates were erected in 1823 at a cost of £43/6/5 ¾. They were removed, completely repaired and restored in 2009. The work, commissioned and paid for by The Friends of St Mary's, cost £11,068.54."
I can only assumed the parishioners of St Mary's and the four workmen who restored the gates originated from Yorkshire.