Monday, 27 June 2016

Time Travellers - Part 1





One windy day last week a friend and I set out to visit the ruined medieval castle at Crichton a few miles south of Edinburgh.
On the way we stopped off to look at Borthwick Castle and happened on this
part 19th century, part medieval church which had originally been built
as the private place of worship for the Borthwick family.





The church was burnt down in 1755 and not rebuilt until 1864.




Grave stones date from medieval times to the present day.
Many different types of conifer appear to have been planted over the years,
some possibly from the time of rebuilding.








This part at the rear of the church looks original medieval.





Despite its medieval and Victorian origins there is an intense sense of being in the 1700s.....
and an incredible feeling of peace everywhere.













15th century carvings incorporated in the new building.

Top left is the cross of the Templar Knights.
Their past presence features strongly in the area and up the east coast of Scotland.





Adjacent Borthwick Castle, owned by the same family since 1430, is now a private luxury hotel.
You can view the splendid interiors  .....  HERE

  





Next post..........we finally reach ruined Castle Crichton.



Thank you for visiting

Shared with :      Saturday's Critters      Mosaic Monday      Our World Tuesday   
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29 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a wonderful tour of the church and cemetery! The 15th century carvings are just amazing. I like the sneak peak at the castle too. Great post, thanks for sharing your visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

eileeninmd said...

PS, thank you for linking up your post and the pretty horse!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful photo tour of an historical beautiful place ~ lovely photography!

Happy Week to you and Happy Fourth of July ~ ^_^

Theresa said...

Nice tour enjoyed it. Very interesting.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love wandering through ancient cemeteries such as this. Lovely photos!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Definitely a medieval feeling to the church and cemetery, such an interesting place to wander.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday while I hosted.

Christina Paul said...

Wonderful tour and beautiful photography!

jMo said...

Love those stone carvings.

Tomoko said...

What a beautiful stone church! I enjoyed the details of the windows and the doors.
You have the best season now. Those tiny white flowers in the green are pretty.
have a happy day, Ruby.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful series of images.

Lady Fi said...

Wonderful shots. I love old English churches.

stardust said...

Dear Ruby - Thank you for this photo-tour. I could feel the immense feel of peace in the harmony of stone buildings, cemetry, and the green surroundings. The 15th century carving is amazing and I guess the reason of such scary images is similar to the Buddhist temples. The horse is so beautiful.

Yoko

Tom said...

What a treasure! So many things built and created in the past have become ;asting treasures. Thanks for sharing and I hope that you will return again soon.

Wen Green said...

A beautiful and interesting post! Your photos and blog are so beautiful. New follower here :)

biebkriebels said...

Beautiful place so old. Pretty pictures of the surroundings.

happywonderer.com said...

A beautiful treasure for sure. I have a high school friend who's last name is Borthwick. She's traveled to Scotland several times. I'll have to share this post with her and see if she's been here.

Christine said...

Great photos of this ancient site. The window shot is gorgeous and all the details carved into the stonework is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Ida said...

Wonderful post. What a cool place to visit. Your photos were gorgeous. The statues and carvings are just fascinating. I love old buildings like that.

Andrea Priebe said...

I love old ... things that were built to last so they could tell their stories over time. The graves stones are a history in themselves. These are beautiful and I love the old guardian trees in the second shot. Beautiful series and I look forward to your castle.

Andrea @ From The Sol

NatureFootstep said...

that was certainly old. Both the trees and the buinding. Lots of strange shapes around here.

dritanje said...

Certainly an atmospheric place. The Templar cross is like the Languedoc cross,(and the Orthodox one) equal-armed. And there's a Green Man too! Always good to see him included. You have captured that sense of Time Past in your pictures, a definite presence. Interestingly the book I'm reviewing has a similar interest in time, or times..
M xx

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Wow!
Beautiful church, impresses me with his architecture.
I love these old buildings. It is enchanting.
Greetings from Poland.
Lucja

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a wonderful trip and fabulous finds - it does look so peaceful there. And what a lovely way to use a castle - I'd love to visit.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The stonework is exquisite.

And such a pretty horse!
~

Gunilla Bäck said...

How interesting! I love old churches and graveyards.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

What a wonderful and peaceful site! How lucky you are, being able to visit so easily such fascinating places! :)
Thank you for sharing these lovely photos. Have a great week!

Tammie Lee said...

loved seeing your photos. something so interesting and wonderful about old buildings and carvings. As though they have more soul in them than modern ones do.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! I enjoyed the medieval atmosphere very much. I feel wabi-sabi feelings from yur photos. Thanks for sharing.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So very beautiful! Thank you for sharing this lovely place! x Karen

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