Beating the Bounds 2012
Walks around the Lea Valley Marshes
Sunday 13th May 2012
Once each year, sometimes on a legally designated or customary date, people still
walk around local areas of land to re-establish rights of common or mark significant
boundaries, such as of a Parish, Manor or an area of Common Land or public open
space. This often takes place during Rogationtide, in springtime, when prayers were
once offered asking for the fertility of the land. Willow sticks decorated with flowers
and ribbons are traditionally carried and important boundary markers hit with them.
Younger children are turned upside-down to have their heads bumped three times at
significant points ‘to imprint the location on their minds!’ – boys might also be hung
over bridges, and girls were “pricked” with pins. This year Rogation Sunday falls on
the 13th May and there are three Beating the Bounds walks to choose from!
Beating the Bounds of St. Saviour’s and St. Barnabas Parish in the Parish of Walthamstow. This is an Anglican procession setting off from St. Saviour’s Church in Markhouse Road, E17 at approximately 10.45am after Mass. It is a religious occasion and those participating might wish to attend Sunday Mass at 9.00am beforehand. The walk will end at approximately 3.45pm. Quite a long walk, not suitable for wheelchair users.
Beating the Bounds of Leyton Marshes in the Parish of Leyton.
This perambulation will follow the route of the Community Procession, revived about
17 years ago, around the former Lammas Lands of Leyton Marshes. Meet from 1.30pm at the Lee Valley Ice Centre car-park on Lea Bridge Road beside the bridge. Setting off at 2.00pm. About 4 miles, not suitable for wheelchair users, ending at the Hare & Hounds pub, Lea Bridge Road, approximately 4.30pm.
Beating the Bounds of Walthamstow Marshes.
This walk is organised by the New Lammas Lands Defence Committee and will be led by John Gilbert of the Walthamstow Historical Association. Meet from 1.30pm at the Lee Valley Ice Centre car-park on Lea Bridge Road. A 2½ mile walk suitable for all.