Beating the Bounds

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Performed every three years on Ascension Day, 'Beating the Bounds' marks a centuries-old boundary dispute between the Tower of London and its nearest neighbours. The boundary, though lying outside the defences of the castle, was considered to be part of the Tower, the property of the crown and vital for security of the fortress. Beginning inside the Tower, a party including Yeoman Warders and local school children, process around the edges of the Tower, beating the boundary stones with sticks. Members of the public are invited to follow the procession from the West Gate.

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