Beating the bounds

08 Mar 2011 | Will Foster

I have been thinking about territory and ways to define boarders through physical acts, in my research I came across a practice known as 'Beating the bounds'.

'Beating the bounds is an ancient custom still observed in some English and Welsh parishes. A group of old and young members of the community would walk the boundaries of the parish, usually led by the parish priest and church officials, to share the knowledge of where they lay, and to pray for protection and blessings for the lands.'