Lichfield Beating the Bounds

Where: Formerly at Lichfield, Stafffordshire at the Cathedral Close
When: Formerly on Ascension Day
Time: Formerly at 10.15

 

Ascension Day was a popular choice for parish boundary marking customs and in Lichfield a ceremony took place in the Cathdral Close. The houses all had greenery pushed through their letter boxes in the morning; this was followed by a procession of choir ,clergy and children carrying branches who walked around the Cathedral. At  set points prayers were said,then the branches were dipped in the font. This custom lapsed in recent years and as yet there are no plans to revive it.


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