St John the Baptist Church. In the background is Markyate Cell, a mansion going back to Tudor times. The owner of the estate once also owned this church. The village of Markyate (Hertfordshire) lies opposite to the mansion - with the church in the middle. Also in the middle, at least here, flows the river Ver. The middle position has its advantages. It can be an interface enabling people of conflicting persuasions to meet. Sitting on the fence would be an example of a disadvantage.