St. Athernase Parish Church, Leuchars
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St. Athernase Parish Church, Leuchars

A village in NE Fife situated 6 miles (10 km) south southeast of Dundee. Lying to the south of the Castle Knowe where Leuchars Castle once stood, it developed following the drainage of the surrounding area in the 18th Century and the coming of the railway in 1848. Leuchars Railway Station now serves much of NE Fife, particularly St Andrews, 4½ miles (7 km) to the southeast. The prosperity of Leuchars was further ensured with the establishment first of a Royal Navy (1917) and then a Royal Air Force (1920) base. The RAF left in 2015 and the base passed to the army, now known as Leuchars Station. The 12th century Parish Church of St. Athernase has been described as 'the second finest piece of Norman work in the whole of Great Britain'. Nearby are Earlshall Castle and Tentsmuir Forest.

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