A Conversation for Beating the Bounds

St. Michael's, Oxford

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Alex A (Keeper of 7)

I actually took part in the 'beating the bounds' ceremony for St. Michaels parish, Oxford, England.

The ceremony was to walk to variuos stone markers on the parish boundry & beat them with bamboo canes. At the end, all the beaters went to the quadrangle of an Oxford college (forgotten which one). There students threw hot coins from the roof as a reward. The trick to collecting the money was to have something heatproof to put the coins in.

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