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  1. beetleypete says:

    I always thought this was a ‘kissing gate’.
    https://tate-fencing.co.uk/product/kissing-gate-kit/
    We have them all around here in Beetley, and in Hoe.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Same concept. A semi circular or square enclosure with a gate that swings from one side to another. They tend to be stone enclosures with metal gates here.

  2. What is the story behind the Kissing Gate(s) in Cornwall? My inquiring mind would love to know.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s a hinged gate that swings between two shutting posts, it allows one person at a time to pass through but keeps livestock out. The name derives from the fact that the hinged part touches – or ‘kisses’ – both sides of the enclosure rather than being securely latched like a normal gate. They appear all over England, not just Cornwall, but sometimes wooden gates and posts. The folklore answer is that the first person through the gate can demand a kiss from the next person to allow them through.

  3. Aha! That makes sense, but I especially like the “old English” folklore, too.

  4. I love all the colours in this photo, Jude. The more I look at it, the more I see.

  5. BeckyB says:

    a start of a great adventure

    1. Heyjude says:

      A great uphill struggle!

      1. BeckyB says:

        most adventures seem to be these days!

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