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Beating the Bounds
12th February 2020 @ 8:00 pm
This talk is about the ancient custom of Beating the Bounds which has seen many revivals in the present, with all its eccentric accompaniments. Mark Lewis will give a detailed account and look at the ways in which it has functioned as a blessing, a purification and a means of confirming parochial boundaries.
About Mark Lewis
Mark is a freelance artist, designer-silversmith and semi-retired university lecturer. He is also a folklorist and has been a member of the Folklore Society since 1987, speaking regularly at their conferences around the UK. He has a particular interest in unusual local customs and rituals and in 2013 he published a book on the folklore and popular customs of the church
Doors open at 7.30pm for the sale of refreshments and publications and close at 8pm. The main doors have to be closed at that time for security reasons, so anyone arriving after then will be unable to gain access.
A donation of £2 is requested from non-members.
Beating the Bounds on the Tottenham/Edmonton boundary at Chitts Hill, 1893 – courtesy of Albert Pinching.