Richmond to observe ancient boundary riding tradition

The 2011 Boundary Riding.

Richmond Town Council will observe an ancient tradition dating back to 1576 and the charter of the then Queen, Elizabeth I later this year.

On Wednesday, August 29 the Mayor of Richmond will participate in the Septennial Boundary Riding.

It is believed the tradition dates back to 1575 and it is thought this will be the 63rd Riding.

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The original intention of the Boundary Riding was to identify and proclaim the boundary of the township.

Whilst this is not longer the purpose, more than 500 people, and often nearer 1,000, have participated in this tradition in recent ‘ridings’.

For virtually all of the 14 mile walk, the procession is led by the Pinder, or pioneer, and tradition has it that no-one is allowed to walk ahead of him.

Robert Chandler, who sadly died in 2017 had lead the previous four Boundary Ridings and his father before him had lead five.

This year Jeff Edmondson will lead the riding.

In previous years the Pinder wore a suit and trilby for the walk.

Now it is a much more relaxed event, and always wonderful to see so many people on what is an enjoyable day out.

Originally, the Pinder was the man responsible for impounding stray cattle in the town. During the Boundary Riding, he carries an axe to clear any obstructions to the progress of the Riding.

More information about the Boundary Riding of Richmond 2018 will be supplied prior to the event.