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Beating the bounds of Southwark Cathedral’s parish

For the first time in a decade, members of Southwark Cathedral's congregation have taken part in the tradition of 'beating the bounds' of the parish.

Beating the bounds of Southwark Cathedral’s parish
The procession sets out along Montague Clouse
Beating the bounds of Southwark Cathedral’s parish
Passing through London Bridge Station
Beating the bounds of Southwark Cathedral’s parish
Cathedral warden Matthew Hall chalks a boundary mark on the pavement in St Thomas Street
Beating the bounds of Southwark Cathedral’s parish
Outside Cathedral Primary School
Beating the bounds of Southwark Cathedral’s parish
At the north-western corner of the cathedral parish on Bankside
Beating the bounds of Southwark Cathedral’s parish
A new 2014 mark is added alongside the one remaining from the 2004 event on the HSBC offices in Park Street
Beating the bounds of Southwark Cathedral’s parish
Simon Hughes MP with the Very Revd Andrew Nunn in Clink Street
Beating the bounds of Southwark Cathedral’s parish

Rogationtide processions have taken place in England since the 8th century, combining prayers for God's blessing on farm crops with preserving the collective memory of parish boundaries and passing that local knowledge on to the next generation.

Southwark Cathedral last held a 'beating the bounds' ceremony in 2004, and one of the marks made during that event can still be seen on the wall of the HSBC offices in Park Street.

This year's event included prayers for those who work at City Hall and Southwark Crown Court, as well as railway workers at London Bridge and those who work at and visit The Shard.

The procession paused in the community garden in Melior Street where prayers were said for the work of the Manna Centre.

After prayers in Snowsfields for Guy's Hospital and St Hugh's Church, the procession made its way across the Marlborough Sports Garden to Cathedral School before pausing for a picnic lunch in All Hallows Garden.

The emergency services were remembered during a pause outside the headquarters of the London Fire Brigade in Union Street. Further stops for prayer were made in Great Suffolk Street and Park Street.

The final prayer for the local community and for Borough Market was led by Simon Hughes MP who joined the procession in Clink Street.

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