One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Mark parish boundaries by walking round them and striking certain points with rods.‘a large procession, headed by the clergyman, would beat the bounds over a period of two days’
- ‘Many other parish councils organised beating the bounds events and there was already a leaflet outlining a suitable route around the parish.’
- ‘For anyone unable to do the St Richard's sponsored walk on May 15, on May 16 there will be a nine-mile walk to beat the bounds of the parish.’
- ‘The Gould and Dickens families organised an unofficial walk to ensure the continuity of the beating the bounds whose origins have been lost in the depths of time.’
- ‘More than 80 walkers aged from five to their mid-80s took part in the annual beating the bounds ceremony at Ramsbury.’
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