Beating the Bounds in Lea Valley

Sunday 9 May is the start of Rogation-tide when it is traditional to beat the bounds of the parish.

The New Lammas Lands Defence Committee invites us to join residents of the parishes of Leyton, Walthamstow, Hackney Marsh and Clapton to walk around the former local Lammas Land in this part of the Lea Valley.

‘Lammas land’ is land where people have rights to graze between Lammas Day in August and either Candlemas on 2 February or the Annunciation on 25 March. Hay is grown in summer.

The boundary marks are beaten with willow branches so there will be willow-stripping at the Hare and Hounds in Lea Bridge Road at Leyton from noon.

The 4 mile walk starts at 2.15pm outside the Lea Valley Ice Centre in Lea Bridge Road -near the Lea Valley Walk.

See page  108-110.

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