The New Lammas Lands Defence Committee is based in Leyton, in the north-east of London. For "Beating the Bounds 2013" see below or CLICK Here .
It exists to defend and preserve the ancient Lammas Lands of Leyton as public open space, free from enclosure, encroachment, and inappropriate use. We also aim to promote their use and enjoyment, and increase understanding of their history and significance, by such means as guided walks, historical talks and social events held on the Lammas Lands. We are the re-formation of the original Leyton Lammas Lands Defence Committee founded in 1892 to "promote the interest of the inhabitants of the Parish in the Leyton Marshes or Lammas Lands".
The Committee holds monthly meetings at the Hornbeam Environmental Centre, in Hoe Street, London E17 9AH. Membership of the committee is open to anyone who supports our aims and pays the annual subscription (currently £12/£6 concessions). Next meeting is Thursday 16th May 2013.Contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Beating the Bounds
around Leyton Marshes
Sunday 5th May 2013
Meet from 12.00 noon for lunch with willow-stripping and dressing
(affordably priced Sunday roasts, light meals and bar snacks are available)
or simply gather for the Beating the Bounds
at 2.15pm in the Princess of Wales car park, by Lea Bridge, 146 Lea Bridge Rd London, London E5 9RB
Many residents of Leyton, Walthamstow and Clapton will again be celebrating the ancient tradition of Beating the Bounds on Rogation Sunday, which in 2013 falls on 5th May.
Once a year, in many parts of England, local residents walk around defined areas of land to re-establish ancient rights of common or simply to mark significant boundaries, such as those of a Parish, Village Green or ancient Manor. Before maps existed, this was done so that children could have important local landmarks pointed out to them. Often this custom takes place during Rogationtide, when prayers used to be offered for the fertility of the land and a good harvest. Stripped willow sticks, sometimes bedecked with flowers (especially milk-wort) and ribbons, are usually carried. In some areas, girls have their fingers pricked and boys are beaten with sticks or thrown into hedges (we donít do this!) or get turned upside-down over bridges and have their heads bumped on boundary markers Ďto imprint the location on their mindsí! (This is done, but only with the childís and carerís permission).
Modern maps show many boundaries, but seldom mark the thousands of Common Lands in Britain which survive from the Middle Ages or before. Even when they do, all too often our precious open spaces suffer encroachment or get built on. This is a growing threat in Outer London. By carrying on this ancient tradition we hope to encourage people to become more aware of and to care for our ancient green spaces and Lammas Lands.
Please wear stout, sensible footwear and suitable clothing. Please bring a bottle of water to drink if the weather is warm. Children and well-behaved dogs are very welcome!
The perambulation in the afternoon will be along the southern boundary of the Leyton Lammas Lands as they were in 1837, when Queen Victoria came to the throne, before the railway line and the filter beds were built on the marshes. Boundsmen will follow the River Lea, crossing the railway line to pick up the Dagenham Brook which marked the boundary of the original Leyton Levels. The distance is about two miles and the route is not difficult, but does involve several sets of steps so it is not suitable for heavy baby-buggies or for wheelchair users.
Fitter, intrepid and determined Boundsmen may also choose to continue along the more demanding route around the northern boundary of Leyton Marsh in the early evening, after a refreshment break. Note, on this occasion, this is not part of the official walk.
Contact for further details
Contact for further details telephone 07904159398
Proposed plans for public entertainment events on Hackney Marshes
Hackney Council is to apply for Planning Inspectorate (PINS) consent to hold public entertainment events on Hackney Marshes. It has to apply to the Planning Inspectorate for any proposals affecting common land such as the Marshes.
If PINS permission is granted, it could have the flexibility to hold events on the Marshes for a limited time only. No events have been booked or scheduled.
Before making the application Hackney Council is informally consulting local residents and other interested parties to understand any issues and concerns.
Lea Valley Federation
Hornbeam Environmental Centre
Save Lea Marshes
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Games Monitor Remembering the 2012 Olympics.
The Planning page on the Waltham Forest website , from which the main page can be accessed and on which are links to the pages for each application.
New Lammas Lands Defence Committee
c/o Hornbeam Environmental Centre
458 Hoe Street
Leyton Green, London E17 9AH