Beating of the Bounds – Sunday 26th May 2019

Around 30 people attended the traditional ‘Beating of the Bounds’ walk on Bank Holiday Sunday.

This ancient custom has been observed since Saxon times where a group of older and young members of the community would walk the boundaries of the parish in order to check borders thus protecting against encroachment by neighbours.

This year, the group was expertly led by Phil Brown who guided an enthusiastic crowd through four miles of wonderful countryside, taking in the River Thames, North Meadow and the remains of the old North Wilts Canal.  Along the route there was commentary from Clive Smith and John Coole, prayers from Revd Phil Bradley plus the occasional beating of a boundary marker with willow rods.

With an age range spanning some six decades the pace was leisurely, although there was a distinct quickening of stride as thoughts turned to the promise of refreshments at the end of the walk.  These were provided by Cricklade Museum and everyone agreed that the afternoon was great fun.  It’s good to know that some traditions are worth upholding.