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Beating the Bounds

Anglia TV report on David Ainsworth, the Rector of Sidestrand in Norfolk who goes to extraordinary lengths to beat the bounds of his parish!

Short documentary 1983 5 mins

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Each Spring, David Ainsworth Rector of Sidestrand walks the boundaries of his parish during rogation week to Beat the Bounds; a custom to encourage fruitfulness of the fields. However, keeping the tradition is no easy feat, as navigating by an ancient map, the current landscape has changed. To trace the exact course of the boundary, the Rector has to hitch up his cassock to climb through a parishioner’s window, tackle steep cliff drops and thumb a ride on a passing crab boat!