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Beating the Bounds

12th February 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Beating the Bounds Chitts Hill

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

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.


12th February 2020
8:00 pm
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Union Church Hall
Corner of Ferme Park Road/Weston Park
London, N8 9PX United Kingdom
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