May 24, 2014: Join us to “Beat the Bounds” – a historic walk in Reading!

Join us May 24th for the Beating the Bounds!

  Beating the bounds is an ancient custom still observed in some English and Welsh parishes. Under the name of the Gangdays the custom of going a-ganging was kept before the Norman Conquest.[1] 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. ~Wikipedia on Beating the Bounds

Geoff Sawers leads a perambulation of the bounds of Reading in strict conformity to the one carried out on, 20th May 1714!

Full day’s walk so bring a packed lunch. Meet at 9.30am at Caversham Bridge (south east side).

A hand lettered map of the bounds (poster size) is available from Two Rivers Press here.