Beating of the Bounds

Brentor parish’s bounds were well and truly beaten on Sunday 6th May.

Approaching the first stone at West Blackdown

We were very fortunate that the day was one of the hottest May days on record – sunscreen and ample water were the order of the day!  Over 100 walkers joined in the event, not all walking the full 12.5 miles (but many did) and with over 90 attending the ‘Medieval Feast’ in the Village Hall after the walk.   The event raised £400 for the Village Hall and Playing Field.  Enormous thanks is due to Helen de Carles and Steve Mason, who organised the perambulation, and all the helpers who provided stewarding, catering and other support.

Many of the parish’s boundaries date from Saxon times and incorporate parts of what were known as Liddaton and Lamerton, to become Brentor in the 1800s.  In 1987 land was gained from Mary Tavy along West Blackdown but lost to Lydford on the north-east side.  The parish boasts five old inscribed boundstones on the current boundary, to which a further nine ‘millennium’ boundstones were added in 2000, notably along the newly defined border with Mary Tavy.
The current boundary measures some 12.5 miles (22 km) and was last beaten in 1989. The perambulation was long overdue and the organisers are pleased to have revived this traditional feature of parish life. 

Steve Mason has produced a booklet as a souvenir of the 2018 Beating of the Bounds, generously funded by Brentor Parish Council.  The booklet can also be viewed on this website – click below.
Click here to go to the ‘Beating of the Bounds’ website page.