Peaceful places # 1 – Watercolour

This is the entrance to St Mary’s Parish Church in Ratho – the village where I stay The church is set in a very quiet and peaceful part of the country. Parts of the present day building includes the east aisle which is dated 1683 and the south aisle 1830. There is a 13th century tombstone, built into the side of the main door and it is thought that worship took place, on this site, as early as the 12th century making this place pre-reformation. There are many ancient and interesting stones in the graveyard in including one shaped like a coffin made from a huge piece of stone, probably placed there as a device to foil body-snatchers (Ressurectionists)