The lych Way is still much used for bringing in turf, and for the driving out and back of cattle.
They came to the lych gate, and the crowd jostled itself in its admiration.
Another relic of this time is the panel of carved oak in the lych gate of St. Giles', Bloomsbury, dated 1638.
lych is the Saxon word for a dead body, from which Lich-field, “the field of dead bodies,” is derived.
also litch, lych, "body, corpse," southern England dialectal survival of Old English lic "body, dead body, corpse," cognate with Old Frisian lik, Dutch lijk, Old High German lih, German leiche "dead body," Old Norse lik, Danish lig, Gothic leik, from Proto-Germanic *likow. Cf. litch-gate "roofed gate to a churchyard under which a bier is placed to await the coming of the clergyman."