Ancient ceremony in Plumpton takes some beating

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WALKERS have an historic moment to look back on at Plumpton after stepping back 300 years to re-enact an ancient ceremony.

Hedges, ditches, and fences were mastered over 16 miles in one of the most energetic and unusual tributes to the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

At the end of it all, for the first time in three centuries, the parish boundary was traced in a revival of the Beating of the Bounds ceremony to mark the Queen’s Jubilee. Members of the Plumpton village action plan footpaths team led walkers and dogs, blessed by the Rev Godfrey Broster though thankfully not fuelled with his Rectors’s Revenge ale, through sometimes challenging territory. Special approval was given by landowners to negotiate fences and cross land usually closed to the public.

The Beating of the Bounds ceremony dates about 2,000 years. Centuries ago people walked their farm, manorial, church or civil boundaries and ritually ‘beat’ particular landmarks with sticks.