How Croydon Minster revived an ancient tradition: beating the bounds

Posted on October 25th, by Stephen Willmer in History. No Comments

Stephen Willmer on the revival of a surprising ritual to mark the borders of Croydon

Beating the bounds is a very old tradition. And like most old traditions, it had a very practical purpose. In the days before maps and mass literacy, this ceremony ensured that the people living in a particular place knew the limits of their land on the ground (their bounds) and could pass … Read More »