Archive: Villagers take part in ‘beating the bounds’ ceremony

Beating the Bounds, Grendon Underwood, 1952

Beating the Bounds, Grendon Underwood, 1952

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These folk are ‘beating the bounds’, a tradition carried out in many parishes to ensure everyone knew the village boundaries.

This group from Grendon Underwood in 1952 were also celebrating Rogationtide, which was linked to a successful harvest.

Those taking part also cut crosses in the turf and made marks on gates to signify they had been there.