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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lousat (93660) 2014-03-14 10:41
Hi John,beautiful capture of this country church,so small but so elegant and original talking about the architechture.The pic is very very nice,i like the shadow effect made by the trees on its facade,great exposure and fine details everyhwere,same interesting post and same quality in the WS.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (32100) 2014-03-14 11:09
I love when the new church is centuries old like this, it really makes people wonder as to the age of our countries :) A beautiful little building too, the gothic windows seem like something from a much larger building, but are still perfectly suited to this church. You captured exquisite detail in the brickwork and the shadow thrown over it makes a nice extra element of interest. Thanks as always!
COSTANTINO (66559) 2014-03-14 11:55
the beauty is into the simplicity
beautiful place to have a lovely
country walk with friends
shadows and lights play together
shot with great lightness and
have a nice weekend
Royaldevon (40316) 2014-03-14 13:02
Your 'new' church' is about as old as my 'new' bridge!
I cannot help viewing this with a sense of anthropomorphism! It is like mother and child, caringly snuggling under this very beautiful, soft light. Indeed, the sunlight on the walls gilds it beautifully, allowing the long shadows to express themselves. (Oh, that sounded almost poetic!) But, really the light makes this shot special. You have controlled it very well and ensured that the details are nice and sharp.
Isn't it wonderful to see the sun!
Sadly, today, we have been shrouded in mist all day. What a change from the beginning of the week!
Have a lovely w/e,
carlo62 (50840) 2014-03-14 14:34
questa è una bella foto, con una bella luce, ma preferisco la foto del ws, è molto interessante.
Una bella condivisione, un luogo che non conoscevo e una nota altrettanto interessante.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-03-14 23:10
Très jolie mise en image de cette petite église charmante et de son annexe.
emka (100865) 2014-03-14 23:38
Lovely walk with friends on Wednadya. Isn't it nice to be retired ? :). You can take advantage of the fine weather. Nice simple architecture of this stone church but even more I like the view of these beautiful pines behind it against the cloudless sky. Very pleasant view, speciall when in my window I see rain and hear the strong wind.
Have a beautiful weekend
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-15 3:48
a real delight this. I love finding little places of worship like this, and this one is a real treasure. The old church looks amazing too and that shot is worthy of a place here on TE in its own right. Lots of wonderful detail and textures here with superbly managed light and shadows to illuminate its setting and architectural beauty. Eye-catching image, love it!
Have an enjoyable weekend - B.
photoray (13981) 2014-03-17 16:46
Basic yet appealing church architecture in solid rock construction and the doors on the side. The tree shadows add to the appeal.
Thanks for sharing,
jhm (155276) 2014-03-18 6:40
Both picture are of high quality, I am a little bit in love on Shotland, through the free space, in Belgium is everything so close against each other, but I am no traveller, I shall never come in this wonderful country.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant to look at.
Also these picture is nice, you choose a very well angle, this gives perspective and depth.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too..
macjake (69777) 2014-03-18 18:11
I have to say John,
you're photo's of late have been looking very smart.
I wonder if its the lighting conditions, the compositions look so well thought out, so i think its a combination of lighting and good photographic skills
but seriously, i really am impressed with your last number of posts, this one included for sure.
funny to hear you talking about the 'new' building from 1838. here in Canada, anything built in 1838 is HISTORIC!!! lol
If this wasn't a church, I could easily see myself living in this building - it would make such a charming house.
and sorry for sounding redundant, but this is a very charming scene... well done with the exposure.
have a great day
delpeoples (58804) 2014-03-20 19:53
Ciao caro Giovanni
Well 1838 is "old" to us New Worlders. You really are spoilt for choice with your old and really very bl@@dy old things. A constant in your photos is how you so easily pick up that warm light. I love it and it makes the photo so much more than a pretty happy snap. The architecture has been detailed beautifully and I like the low POV you've used, getting the best of the angles. The dappled shade also adds a very particular atmosphere to the photo, kind of spooky, or like something from and old fairy tale. Well done, and thanks for your note, as usual, just as compelling as the photo.
PS: sorry for the slack critiquing, I went Walkabout again :)
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (25930)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-12
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
- Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-14 10:13