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Kevin Cheeseman

Retired, retiring, and trying to write.
I am a retired biochemist who lives in Buckinghamshire with my wife, Annie. I write flash fiction and short stories, and my pieces have won or been placed in competitions run by Writing Magazine, Writers’ Forum, 1000 Word Challenge and Wild Atlantic Writing Awards, amongst others.
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corpse road

Also known as corpse way, coffin route, coffin road, coffin path, churchway path, bier road, burial road, lyke-way or lych-way. “Now is the time of night, That the graves all gaping wide, Every one lets forth his sprite, In the church-way paths to glide” – Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream. A path used in medieval times to take the dead from a remote parish to the ‘mother’ church for burial. Coffin rests or wayside crosses lined the route of many where the procession would stop for a while to sing a hymn or say a prayer. There was a strong belief that once a body was taken over a field or fell that route would forever be a public footpath which may explain why so many corpse roads survive today as public footpaths. They are known through the UK.

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