August 17, 2018

Lost Tudor City: The LICH GATES

This episode of Lost Tudor City examines the parks' original lich gate entrances.

The lich gate is a British invention, a roofed gateway at the entrance to a churchyard, used in the Middle Ages as a temporary resting place for the dead before interment. Over time, they became appropriate for garden entrances as well. In Tudor City, these entrances were a match for the parks' English scheme, a sedate mix of lawns, privet hedges, and graveled walks.

North Park lich gate, 1935, photographed by the Wurts Bros. 
View looks west across Prospect Place (now Tudor City Place).

South Park lich gate, 1949, photographed by resident C.F. Davis.

1930s ads picturing the gates.

Looking down at the North Park from a window in The Cloister. Lich gate at upper left, opening onto a graveled oval with a fountain as its centerpiece.

The gates were removed in 1949 when the parks were narrowed and redesigned as part of the neighborhood upgrades pending the arrival of the United Nations.

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