We pass kissing gates on most of our walks. 🐾🐶🐾 I had an idea why they were called this but I wondered if it really was a place to stop for a 😘 as you pass through... .
Here are some of the reasons I found. Which one do you believe is true? 🤔 . 🐾
"They gained the name kissing gate after it was noticed that lovers of days gone by would gather near them. Men would pass women a love token, in order to find if their affection was to be reciprocated. If it was the woman would place the token in her purse for eternity and a kiss would take place. If not the lady threw it over her shoulder into the field/meadow beyond." - Warren . 🐾
"In the north of England the term kissing gate is a corruption of Kisting Gate, a place where a coffin (Kist, a variant form of chest) was put down for the bearers to rest while being carried to the church for the funeral." - S.Deal 🐾
"I was always lead to believe that these gates were often placed on the entrances to churchyards so that unmarried couples could not pass through. Passing through gates hand in hand is symbolic of a sexual relationship (see Jane Austin's Mansfield Park for some heavy gate symbolism)." - Di .
🐾 "The prosaic reason is simply to act as a barrier to livestock (cf. a stile), whilst giving easy passage to people on foot. They are designed so that only one person may pass through at a time. One explanation of the name is that a man out walking with a woman could hold the gate firmly shut, demanding a kiss as payment before permitting her to pass through. Kissing gates are often seen at the entrance to churchyards since they are easier to negotiate than a stile (particularly when dressed in your Sunday best!) but it was necessary to prevent cattle from getting into the churchyard and eating poisonous yew berries. Yew was important as its wood was used in the manufacture of archery bows." - T. Crook .
🐾 "There is nothing romantic about this term. The pair of gates when closed together touch each other i.e. 'kiss'. The term kissing is used widely in a whole range of engineering applications." - J.Scott
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