Friday, 28 April 2017

Beating the Bounds


Save Lea Marshes (SLM) is organising a walk following the ancient tradition of “Beating the Bounds”. Revived in the 1990s, by the New Lammas Lands Defence Committee, “Beating the Bounds” involves blessing the boundaries of the area following pagan and Christian rites and more recent traditions. 

If you don’t know about this part of our history, come along, find out and enjoy the fun!


We will be doing the traditional “stripping of the willows” (cutting the bark off willow branches we will carry with us), from 1.00pm 
The walk will be departing promptly at 2.00pm

WHERE: Gathering on the tow path by the Princess of Wales Pub, E5 9RB

We will be walking around the perimeter of Leyton and Walthamstow Marshes, with our special guests the THE BELLES OF LONDON CITY - folk dancers with a hobby horse.
We will be pointing out the places where walking rights have been eroded and sites which are threatened by development, but there will be fun along the way.

Bring your friends and family learn about local history, and enjoy a good walk, a song or two, some dancing and good company.  There will be stopping- off points for those who do not wish to go the whole route.  

Please wear sensible shoes.  Bring water.  Dress colourfully if you like! Parts of the walk may pose difficulties for those with buggies and wheelchairs - we will try and assist with alternatives on those sections.  Dogs are welcome.

Unfortunately, we have been informed that The Princess of Wales will be shut for redecoration on the day of the walk and so recommend you eat lunch beforehand or bring a picnic. We have, however, been kindly permitted to use the tables outside the pub to prepare the willows etc.

SLM is renewing the tradition of this walk following in the footsteps of local historian Katy Andrews. She sadly passed away two years ago but we know she will be with us in spirit and very much present in the history of the area that she studied for many years.

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