Beating the Bounds
As we entered the Guildhall Yard we were shooed away from the doors, which promptly opened to men with spears! We had happened upon the Beating of the Bounds, once a tradition throughout England and only held in a few locations today. City and religious leaders ceremoniously walk the boundaries of the parish beating the barriers as they go. These men represented the legendary London guilds, and were followed by priests, politicians, and civic leaders. It was quite a treat for a hot June day!
By Betsy Morley
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