The ritual of Beating the Bounds of the Ancient Borough of Llantrisant originated during the early history of the town when in May or June every seven years the clergy and town officials went in procession around the boundary.

The Charter of 1346 conferred many privileges on the Burgesses of Llantrisant and these were exercised within and bounded by the “liberties of the borough” – in other words, the boundary.

By undertaking the ceremony in May or June none of the harvests would be spoilt by the great procession trooping through the field and the daylight hours long enough for the ceremony.

According to former Clerk Trefor Rees, the earliest recorded existence of Beating the Bounds in Llantrisant took place in 1555, although the ceremony has its origins back in the 9th century.

Boundary Walk Dates

  
Known dates of previous Beating the Bounds Ceremonies that took place in Llantrisant

  • May 24 1781

  • October 10 1794

  • May 13 1809

  • September 1826

  • October 19 1840

  • October 17 1847

  • October 16 1854

  • September 30 1901

  • August 12 1930

  • June 1947

  • June 19 1954

  • June 1961

  • June 1 1968

  • June 28 1975

  • May 3 1982

  • June 1989

  • June 8 1996

  • June 2003

  • June 5 2010