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Kids beat bounds of Tower of London with willow wants to mark its boundary

PUBLISHED: 12:56 02 June 2014

Beating the Bounds of the Tower of London... pupils from Coopers’ Company & Coborn School in Upminster

Beating the Bounds of the Tower of London... pupils from Coopers’ Company & Coborn School in Upminster

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The ancient ceremony of Beating the Bounds has taken place to mark the official boundary of the Tower of London for the next three years.

Beating the Bounds of the Tower of London...Beefeaters parade with schoolkidsBeating the Bounds of the Tower of London...Beefeaters parade with schoolkids

The ceremony takes place every three years where school pupils beat out the boundaries with canes in a procession led by the Chief Yeoman Warder to mark the territory of The Tower.

The Yeoman Warder or Beefeater led the procession to Tower Hill and cried “Mark well”, instructing the children—selected this year from Coopers’ Company and Coborn School in Upminster—to beat the marker with willow wands and reply with a cry of “Marked”.

The procession around The Tower was met by the vicar of All Hallows church at Tower Hill, when the Governor of The Tower assured him they came in peace, before both parties doffed their hats, until they meet again in 2017.

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