Both of the Ward’s Aldermen – Charles Bowman (President) and Robert Howard (Master and Vice President), lead 35+ Members around the boundaries of our two Wards. Beating the main marking points.
This is a tradition that goes back centuries, when people could not read and write. Each generation had to be reminded, where their Village/Town Boundaries lay. Fights did ensue. This is probably the first time that this ceremony has been done by two Wards together and in harmony. The last time Lime Street was involved in a Beating the Bounds was in 2003 – Master Peter Hill’s year, when Lime Street and many other Ward boundaries had been changed following the first major review in centuries.
Leaving Gt St Helen’s we started our perambulations at the entrance to St Helen’s Place where we were welcomed by the Leathersellers Master, Beadle and Clerk who escorted us all (“Limies” and “Cornies”) to the east end of St Helen’s Place to beat our first boundary marker.
Immediately next to us was a statue commissioned by the Leathersellers for H.M.Queen’s 60th Jubilee.
Leadenhall Market next
A glass of “fizz” in the Market, kindly provided by the Broker Wine Bar. Many thanks to our Members, Kevin (in picture) and Veronica
St Mary Axe, Camomile Street,
Yes the Ward Boundary did go through a building site!
and into Bishopsgate – Limies job done!
“Cornies” to the front.
Bishopsgate (on the West Side), along to Old Broad Street, down Old Broad Street,
Stopping off at Rocket for a Glass of Rose kindly provided for by our Master (Cornhill’s Alderman) and along to Bank Junction.
At Bank Junction a determined Alderman ensured that the full Boundary of the Ward had been “marked” marching out into the road with gusto. tourists, intrigued!
Cornhill, Birchin Lane, Castle Court, Corbett Court, St Peter’s Alley
and a final “Beating” in Gracechurch Street – immediately opposite the entrance to Leadenhall Market
Both Ward Boundaries have now been clearly Beaten – with everyone able to tell future generations the exact Boundaries of Lime Street and Cornhill Wards !
Round the corner into Cornhill to the Counting House for an excellent, convivial end to a great evening.
during 2020 and the Covid 19 lockdown – two virtual walks were given round both wards. The presentations are both within the Members Area.