Beating the bounds

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Beating the bounds is an ancient custom still observed in some English and Welsh parishes.wikipedia
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Metes and bounds

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The modern system of metes and bounds operates fundamentally similarly, giving a prose definition of a property as if walking about it.
The boundaries are described in a running prose style, working around the parcel in sequence, from a point of beginning, returning to the same point; compare with the oral ritual of beating the bounds.

Rogation days

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In former times when maps were rare it was usual to make a formal perambulation of the parish boundaries on Ascension Day or during Rogation week.
A common feature of Rogation days in former times was the ceremony of beating the bounds, in which a procession of parishioners, led by the minister, churchwarden, and choirboys, would proceed around the boundary of their parish and pray for its protection in the forthcoming year.

William Robert Hicks

In 1865–66 William Robert Hicks was mayor of Bodmin in Cornwall, when he revived the custom of beating the bounds of the town.
In 1865–66 Hicks was mayor of Bodmin, when he revived the custom of beating the bounds of the town.

Cornish hurling

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This still takes place more or less every five years and concludes with a game of Cornish hurling.
The matches at St Columb and St Ives, and the game played as part of the beating the bounds ceremony at Bodmin are the only instances of the sport today.

Bodmin

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In 1865–66 William Robert Hicks was mayor of Bodmin in Cornwall, when he revived the custom of beating the bounds of the town.
In 1865–66 William Robert Hicks was mayor of Bodmin, when he revived the custom of Beating the bounds of the town.

Leyton Marsh

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Events include organised walks, with an annual highlight on 13 March: beating the bounds, an ancient ritual defining the boundaries of the land where grazing rights were enjoyed.

England

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Beating the bounds is an ancient custom still observed in some English and Welsh parishes.

Wales

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Beating the bounds is an ancient custom still observed in some English and Welsh parishes.

Parish

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Beating the bounds is an ancient custom still observed in some English and Welsh parishes.

Norman conquest of England

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Under the name of the Gangdays, the custom of going a-ganging was kept before the Norman Conquest.

Map

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In former times when maps were rare it was usual to make a formal perambulation of the parish boundaries on Ascension Day or during Rogation week.

Feast of the Ascension

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In former times when maps were rare it was usual to make a formal perambulation of the parish boundaries on Ascension Day or during Rogation week.

Ecclesiastical court

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The relevant jurisdiction was that of the ecclesiastical courts.

Priest

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The priest of the parish with the churchwardens and the parochial officials headed a crowd of boys who, armed with green boughs, usually birch or willow, beat the parish boundary markers with them.

Churchwarden

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The priest of the parish with the churchwardens and the parochial officials headed a crowd of boys who, armed with green boughs, usually birch or willow, beat the parish boundary markers with them.

Boundary marker

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The priest of the parish with the churchwardens and the parochial officials headed a crowd of boys who, armed with green boughs, usually birch or willow, beat the parish boundary markers with them.

Gospel Oak

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Hymns would be sung, indeed a number of hymns are titled for their role, and many places in the English countryside bear names such as Gospel Oak testifying to their role in the beating of the bounds.

Open-field system

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For a village man dwelling in champion country, under the traditional open field system, George Homans remarks, "the bounds of his village were the most important bounds he knew."

Manchester (ancient parish)

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At Manchester in 1597 John Dee recorded in his diary that he with the curate, the clerk and "diverse of the town of diverse ages" perambulated the bounds of the parish taking six days in all.

John Dee

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At Manchester in 1597 John Dee recorded in his diary that he with the curate, the clerk and "diverse of the town of diverse ages" perambulated the bounds of the parish taking six days in all.

Turnworth

At Turnworth in Dorset the parish register records the perambulation for 1747 thus:

History of Anglo-Saxon England

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In England, the custom dates from Anglo-Saxon times, as it is mentioned in laws of Alfred the Great and Æthelstan.

Alfred the Great

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In England, the custom dates from Anglo-Saxon times, as it is mentioned in laws of Alfred the Great and Æthelstan.

Æthelstan

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In England, the custom dates from Anglo-Saxon times, as it is mentioned in laws of Alfred the Great and Æthelstan.