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This is another picture taken during a lovely country walk with friends on Wednesday and this time of Newlands "New" Parish Church just outside the little village of Romannobridge in the Scottish Borders.

This church was built in 1838 to replace the "old" church which was founded in the 13th Century, the earliest historical record of its presence dating from 1275. In the 14th Century, the old church had close links with the monks of Dunfermline Abbey and the collegiate church of Dalkeith. You can see a photograph of the old church, now in ruins, in the workshop. Although now roofless, its inner parts are home to several burial chambers and it is surrounded by a variety of old and interesting gravestones.

Regarding the "new" church, what I find remarkable is the little extension which you can see on the right in the main picture. That extension, which now houses the vestry and a smalll meeting room, was built as recently as 1969 using reclaimed materials from a nearby ruined building and it is indeed a testament to the builder – Ramsey Aytoun of Blyth Bridge – that the new annexe in no way jars with the lines of the old church but rather complements them.

You can see a larger version of this main picture on "beta" TE here.

Also, if you look at Map:view you can see from where I took the main picture, the "new" church and, about 100 metres south of that, the old ruined church.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012)
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