The entrance path to our Church and Hall from Windsor Road leads through our lych-gate. This picturesque structure is built from solid douglas fir with a roof of heavy cedar shakes. It It was completed after the Armistice for World War I to remember those that had not returned from the war buried in fields far away. The original dedication service was handled by Bishop de Pencier on St. Andrew’s Day in 1924 and was attended by an RCMP Honour Guard, nurses and was accompanied by a bugler to play at the service.
This lych-gate was originally located at the “old” St. James’ Anglican Church in Vancouver facing Cordova Street. It was then given to St. Martin’s in 1935 as there wasn’t room when their new church was built. The method of transportation to move the gate is unknown, but we would imagine it included a trip across Burrard Inlet by barge. The lych-gate was originally located on the St. George’s side of our property. It was moved to its present location in 1965 with a new rough stone base rather than the original bricks.
The design of the lych-gate affords ample covered space, with the historical intent to provide cover to pall bearers and guests at funerals. The space allows us to post information about our church services and events happening at St. Martin’s and within the neighbouring community. It continues to provide a dry place to wait before or after service if needed.
The lych-gate also provides a secure feeling to the entrance to our property, but at the same time is always open to invite all to join our services and functions and share in the fellowship of St. Martin’s Church.
With thanks to Ken Wright, Doreen Williams, and Wendy Matsubuchi-Bremner from notes by Roy Pallant