The History and Mystery of the Pound or Pinfold - a feature of rural England fast disappearing from the landscape 

Pounds and Pinfolds

National Register of Pounds and Pinfolds ---- Part 2

This is a WORK IN PROGRESS as I am gradually replacing the one line entries with more information and, where possible, images. If you know of a pound or pinfold listed or not listed please get in touch with me so that I can complete the Register entry.

Please see my comments at the start of Part 1 to help you navigate these Registers.


Lancashire Pounds and Pinfolds

Abbeystead, Trough of Bowland, Lancashire

Grid ref: 356133,454278

This circular, low walled pound is at the centre of the village next to a stream. It is approx. 10 mtrs diameter of drystone constuction. It was Grade II listed in 1968 because of its group value situated as its is amongst other estate style buildings including whet was the village school. It is named on the 1891 OS 1:2,500 map.

Nigel Mills February 2011

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Arkholme, Carnforth, Lancashire

Grid ref: 358853,471819

This is an unusual two celled pound restored by Lanxcashire County Council with local support because of their interest in The Best Kept Village competion which was won in 2001. It is located at the south end of the village towards the river and close to the church and is used as a community garden. Although referred to as the pinfold it was grade II listed in 1985 as the Village Pound. Unable to identify on OS maps.

Nigel Mills December 2003

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Broughton, Preston, Lancashire

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This pinfold was listed Grade II in 1986 and measures approx. 10 by 8 mtrs constructed or sandstone with rounded coping. It was renovated by the local councils in 1985/86 according to the plaque. It is at the roadside just south of no. 442 Grastang Road. Not found on OS maps.

Nigel Mills February 2011 


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Churchtown, Preston, Lancashire

Grid ref: 348426,443117

This circular pound is named on the 1890 OS 1,2,500 map. It is on private land and not in good condition, the walls being impacted by the growth of trees and other vegetation. It is of brick construction. 

Nigel Mills February 2011 

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Great Eccleston, Lancashire

Grid ref: 342503,44194

A small pinfold listed as Grade II in 1984. Constructed of sandstone rubble, some rounded, some triangular coping and with walls approx. 2mtrs high. Strange irregular shape adjacent to a small building. OS maps indicate it was the site of the smithy although a plaque names it as a pinfold.

Contributed by L Kelley November 2013

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Nether Kellet, Lancashire

Grid ref: 350489,468045

Shown as circular on OS map? Check location.

Nigel Mills August 2011

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Out Rawcliffe, (Chapel Lane), Lancashire

Grid ref: 340047,442206

This circular pound is named on the 1893 OS 1:2,500 map and listed Grade II in 1967. Sandstone rubble construction with triangular coping on walls and above gateway, standing approx. 2mtrs high. In great condition due to the work of Wyke Community Ltd Community Programme according to a plaque. Another plaque says it is only one of six surving in Lancashire. Clearly an underestimate! Local word is that it was last used during the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak when a wandering large texel lamb was placed in it until the owner could be identified. Taken away eventually by DEFRA, it's fate remains unknown.

Nigel Mills May 2001.

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Over Kellet, Lancashire

Grid ref: 361946,469996

This pound is shown and named on the 1847 OS 1:10,500 map in the centre of the village but not on later maps.Visited August 2011. No trace found.

Pilling, Fleetwood, Lancashire

Grid ref: Needed

This pinfold ws built in 1997, by the Parish council, on the same site as the original pinfold in the C18 according to a plaque on the pinfold. It is circular built of stone and mortar and is signed from the road in the centre of the village.

Nigel Mills May 2001

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Slyne with Hest, Lancashire

Grid ref: 347683,465625

A roughly circular pound, at the junction with Throstle Grove, it has been partly rebuilt to allow for road widening. Sharing the site with stocks it was listed Grade II in 1952.  It has triangular coping stones and variable height walls and a seating area inside the structure.

Nigel Mills February 2011


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Wennnington, Lancashire

Grid ref: 361720,470010

This is an impressive grade II pound listed in 1985 standing beside the River Wenning in the village of Wennington. Constructed of limestone rubble wall with weathered coping and a matching lintel over the gated access. In plan it is quadrilateral built against the bridge abuttment. Shown on the 1894 OS 1:2,500 map and ideally placed for the convenience of the Pinder being a few metres from the river.

Nigel Mills May 2009

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Yealand Conyers, Lancashire

Grid ref: Seeking more information

Yealand Storrs, Lancashire

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Leicestershire Pounds and Pinfolds

Leicestershire Anstey
  Breedon on the Hill


Lincolnshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Lincolnshire Atterby  could be sheepfold?
  Epworth 1  
  Epworth 2  
  Helpringham, N Kesteven  
  Wainfleet St Mary  

Hougham, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 488731,344759

In good condition with an apparently later front wall and gate added in brick with corner pillars probably as the result of road widening in the early 19thC. This changed its hape from an oval structure to a composite shape with two square corners added to an original oval shape. It is on the 1889 1:2,500 OS map as a pound. Located just north of the junction of Main Street and Coach Road, near Hougham. In splendid isolation adjacent to a small industrial site, opposite Holly Tree Farm. 

Contributed by Michael Trolove April 2012

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London Pounds and Pinfolds

London Hampstead Heath

Merseyside Pounds and Pinfolds

Almonds Green, Merseyside

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Two sides only left of this pinfold near the junction of Meadow Lane and Almonds Green (road). Need more info please.

Spital, Bebington, Merseyside

Grid ref: 333108,383202 (not confirmed)

An irregularly shaped stone pinfold with triangular coping and is Grade II listed. Just west of the junction of Church Road with Brimstage Road on north side. Interior has a sunken trough for watering. Maintained by the Borough Council.

Contributed by Dick Fowler March 2008 

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Middlesex Pounds and Pinfolds

Southgate, Middlesex - Awaitng information

Norfolk Pounds and Pinfolds

Docking, Burnham Market, Norfolk

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Believed to be on Pound Lane in Docking but exact location required please.

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North Elmham, Norfolk

Grid ref: 598675,322080

On the junction of Great Heath Road and Broom Green Road just north of North Elmham this pinfold is in excellent condition, shown on the 1892 OS 1:10,560 map. It is square with walls approx 2mtrs high with a wooden wicket style gate. 

Contributed by Colin Sinnot March 2008. 

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Gimingham, Norfolk

Grid ref: 628362,336064

This unique pound is triangular about 1.5mtrs high walls and a gate at its north point. It is exceptionally small for a pound and kept in great condition. English Heritage state it is Grade II liste, early C19, built of flint with brick dressings and brick quoins and coping.  It is situated where Trunch Road and Church Street meet on a cross roads just south of the village of Gimingham.  

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Swaffham, Norfolk

Grid ref: 582076,309055 (Approx)

Described as a Grade II listed Town Pound on the plaque erected by the council who restored it in 1978. English Heritage date it at c1730 and describe it as made of whole and cut flints with brick quoins and dressings. Modern gate gives access to this square pound in need of attention when visited. It is on Mangate street towards the town end, not identified on OS maps. 

Nigel Mills September 2013


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Northamptonshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Northamptonshire Brixworth          


Ailsworth, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 511725,298811 (not confirmed)

A transcription of the Tithe Roll of 1847 names Hon. George Fitzwilliam as the landowner of Ailsworth Pound (top of Ailsworth, off Helpston Road) and in this area on the 1886 OS 1:2,500 map is an unamed oval shape which could be a pound or pond. The local council are unable to clarify and the space is now a large grassed amenity area with bus stop and an Ailsworth history interpretation board, with no mention of a pound. All pounds in this area are rectangular in shape so the oval is likely to be a pond. Further enquiries are being made. Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021


Apethorpe, Peterborough, Northamptonshire

Grid ref: 502370,295700

This pound is named and the site indicated by an arrow on the 1886 OS 1:2,500 map pointing to a small field enclosure. Secure fields were occasionally used to confine animals if the structural pound was in poor condition or the original site had been developed for other purposes, usually housing towards the end of the era of the pound. In this case the field was then developed for housing and a cottage stands on the site at the junction of Main Street and Estate Yard.

Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021


Barrowden, Northamptonshire

Grid ref: 494718,300076

This village has a "pinfold" rather than a pound, as most are known in this county, on the 1886 OS 1:2,500 map.  It was large, irregularly shaped and adjacent to the smithy on the common in the old centre of the village. Although not consistently named the outline of the pinfold remained on the OS maps for many years but had disappeared by the OS 1970 revision. No trace remains but smithy building, see image, is still remains in this well kept village popular with walkers.  Contributed by Michael Trolove April 2021


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Collyweston, Northamptonshire

Grid ref: 499541,302685

Although existing corner walls beteen the A43 Main Road and The Walks appear to mirror the outline of the pound shown on OS maps the development of the road system here, raising the road level, indicats that this is unlikely. However the pound is clearly shown on OS from 1885 through to 1958 even after the school was built set back from the roadway on Pinfold Paddock in 1911. Cotributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021


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Duddington, Northamptonshire

Grid ref: 498890,300490

This pound was situated to the south of the village where High Street meets the main A43. Shown on the earliet 1886 OS map and later ones up to 1958. Road improvements on the A43 probably caused its removal before the issue of the 1975 OS map of the area. Site is now a grassed area allowing clear visibility for traffic. Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021


Easton on the Hill, Stamford, Northamptonshire

Grid ref: 501599,304287

Unusually for the OS this pound is marked on maps but not named as a pound until the 1900 OS 1:2,500 map. It is adjacent to the old school, now a private residence, near the junction of Racecourse Road with Stamford Road. Recognisable as a pound but shows signs of some alteration to the walls. Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021


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Gretton, Northamptonshire

Grid ref: 489710,294100

Another pound lost to housing. Located at the junction of Arnhill Road and The Maltings. Shown on the 1886 OS 1:2,500 map but no tace found. 

Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021

Kings Cliffe, Peterborough, Northamptonshire

Gris ref: 500710,297030

This pound is named on the 1:2,500 OS maps up to 1901 but no later, indicating it met its demise around then as the area developed. No trace of it now exists apart from a corner of it in an image held in the archive of Kings Cliffe Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021

Rockingham, Northamptonshire

Grid ref: 486608,291965

Although shown on the OS maps from the earliest in 1886 up to the 1958 edition it is not on the OS Plan of 1967. Road re-alignments in the 1960's appears to have been its downfall and trees now grow on the site. Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021

Southorpe, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 508160,302900

Possibly two walls at this site are the remains of the Pound named on the 1886 OS 1:2,500 map but this is not mentioned on a small plaque next to two large lumps of Barnack Rag Limestone. These are said to have fallen from carts whilst being taken to Peterborough during the construction of the cathedral. The quarry at nearby Barnack is now the Hills and Holes Nature Reserve. Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021


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Sutton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 509720,298940

A Grade II listed pound on the 1886 OS 1:2,500 map and kept in excellent condition by Sutton Parish Council. It is drawn on the early OS maps but not named as a pound until the 1901 edition. Standing at the roadside in The Drift it measures approx. 4mtrs by 3mtrs constructed of dressed stone with concrete capping. A plaque is proudly displayed on the wooden gate facing the road. It's proximity to Manor Farm may indicate it was a Manorial pound in its day.

Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021.

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Tansor, Peterborough, Northamptonshire

Grid ref: 505790,290640

This site of this pound shown on the 1900 OS 1:2,500 map is now the location of the Tansor village hall on Main Street. No trace of pound remains.

Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021


Warmington, Peterborough, Northamptonshire

Grid ref: 50775,291210

The site of this pound, shown on the 1886 OS 1:2,500 map, is annexed to Pound House on Chapel Street at its junction with Hautboy Lane. No trace of pound remains but it is acknowleged in the house name. Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021 

Woodnewton, Peterborough, Northamptonshire

Grid ref: 503741,294160

This pound is named on the 1886 OS 1;2,500 map and the 1778 Enclosure map of the area. Today only 3 walls can be discerned and the area has been annexed to a neighbouring garden. There is no recognition that this is the site of this ancient structure. It can be found in Pound Lane, which is a nod to it's former significance, close to its junction with Oundle Road.

Contributed by Michael Trolove , April 2021

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Yarwell, Northamptonshire

Grid ref: 506739,297921

This Grade II listed pound is a well maintained rectangular structure with an entrance in the north wall. Approx. 10mtrs by 4mtrs with low 1mtr walls, the roadside wall has been lowered further during consolidation work. It is contructed of limestone with vertical coping. It is named on the 1886 OS 1:2,500 map and is in Wansford Road close to its junction with Main Street, Yarwell. 

Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021

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Northumberland Pounds and Pinfolds

Alnwick, Northumberland

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This pinfold was moved here from a site near the War Memorial in 1819 and now acts as a roundabout in the town centre at Green Batt. It is Grade II listed, oval and ashlar built about 1.5 mtrs high. Gates are locked to enclose what seems like a shrub garden.

Nigel Mills August 2017


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Bamburgh, Northumberland

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Grade II listed c 10mtrs diameter.

Elsdon, Northumberland

Grid ref: 393659,593102

A large prominent circular pinfold on the village green in Elsdon constructed of random rubble construction with a overhead door lintel, c13mtrs in diameter with 2mtr high walls. Grade II listed and on the 1895 OS 1:2500 map. It is well mainatine and cared for. The green is a designated Dark Sky location.

Contributed by Jacqui Morgan July 2016  

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Nottinghamshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Nottinghamshire Askham
  East Leake
  East Markham
  Kirkby in Ashfield
  Sutton in Ashfield

Flintham, Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire

Grid ref: SK74655,45721 and 474655,345721

This is a Pinfold shown on the 1884 OS 1:2,500 map on Town End Lane , just west of Hill Top Farm and beside the track to Beck Dyke. Grade II Listed it was restored in 1977 to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It is a circular pinfold of stone construction with coping stones and in excellent order.

Contributed by Michael Trolove

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Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

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Oxfordshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Oxfordshire Beckley
  Fentwells Witney
  West Adderbury


Rutland Pounds and Pinfolds

Uppingham - Awaiting details

Tixover, Rutland

Grid ref: 497680,300660 approx

Work in progress

Caldecott, Rutland

Grid ref: 487023,293778

This pinfold is located on the west side the Lyddington Road, to the north of the village, at the 30 speed limit signs. It is named as a Pinfold on the 1885 and 1886 OS maps but not named after 1900. This area was used as allotments at the turn of the century when but now only three walls exist and enclose a small grassed area with a seat. It is well maintained with stone walls and coping. It is approx. 2 mtrs high and approx 6 mtrs square. It is adjacent to a playpark and open area for children named Pinfold Park. Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021


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Shropshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Shropshire Albrighton
  Knockin, Oswestry
  Much Wenlock

Harley Pound, Shropshire

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Contributed by Alan Hamer 

Somersetshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Ashfield, Oakhill, Somerset

Grid ref: 363387,147855

Shown on the 1886 OS 1,2500 map as a pound, image required. 

Batheaston, Bath, Somerset

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This pound has been rebuilt several times most recently by The Batheaston Society in 1973. Shown on the 1885 OS 1:2,500 map. It was Grade II listed in 1983. 


Hemington, Radstock, Somerset

Grid ref: 373043,153392

Pound now with only 3 low walls left at north east end of village. Used as a car parking area. Is shown on the 1854 County Series OS maps. In the 1930's it was fenced in and used to keep chickens.

Nigel Mills May 2005

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Kilmersdon, Radstock, Somerset

Grid ref: 369684,152249

Site of pound now a 1950's bungalow. Shown on the 1854 Country Series OS map.

Nigel Mills May 2005

Norton St Philip, Somerset

Grid ref: 377232,155801

No trace of pinfold at the site shown on 1854 County Series OS map.

Stanton Prior, Marksbury, Somerset

Grid ref: 367399,162751

Located at the roadside when approached from Marksbury this circular pound stands about 2mtrs high with a wooden lintel over the entrance. Approx 4mtrs in diameter and Grade II listed in 1985. At time of visit there was evidence of a recent repair. Not found on maps. 

Nigel Mills March 2008.


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Withybrook, Oakhill, Somerset

Grid ref: 365110,147257

This pound, shown on the 1888 OS 1:10,560 map, is now part of the garden of the adjacent house. It is square but losing its definition due to neglect.

Nigel Mills March 2008 

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Staffordshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Staffordshire Calton   Remains      
  Ilam, Ashbourne          
  Lichfield   Complete     No
  Rushton Spenser, Leek          
  West Bromwich          
  Whiston Complex shaped pinfold Restored   Ivan Kent 23/03/2016
  Stonnall   Complete

Stonnall, Staffordshire

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Contributed by Kate Gomez

Suffolk Pounds and Pinfolds

Beccles, Suffolk

Grid ref: 642368,290903

This Grade II listed pinfold is shown on the 1884 OS Town Map of Beccles and today is easily missed as it sits amongst the houses and semi industrial units of Beccles. Found at the junction of Pound Road and Common Lane North it is in great condition. It is accessible and maintained as a flower garden at the time of my visit. 

Nigel Mills August 2014

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Blundeston, Suffolk

Grid ref: 651442,297248

This pound is shown on the 1884 OS 1:2,500 map as a pinfold at the junction of Pound Lane with Church Street. Well maintained, high walled and circular Grade II listed structure.

Nigel Mills August 2014  

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Somerleyton, Suffolk

Grid ref: 648397,296476 (not verified)

This pinfold is shown on the 1884 OS 1:2,500 map and is built into the bank, remaining in good condition if a bit neglected.

Contributed by Matthew of November 2020 

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Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk

Grid ref: 600829,270953

This pound is at the junction of Townhouse Rd and Jolly's Way, is Grade II listed, square and brick built with three walls 1.8mtrs high. The remaining wall is reduced in height with an open entrance. It is in good condition having been repaired by the Parish Council in 2000. Believed to be a replacement for a previous pound near the current cemetery in the village about 1817. 

Contributed by Frances Jenner, January 2021

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Wrentham, Suffolk

Grid ref: 649031,282938

This pound is at the junction with Chapel Road and Priory Road. It is shown on the 1884 OS 1:2,500 map as a pinfold. It is Grade II listed and a great example, well maintained with 2mtr high circular brick walls and coping stones. A simple plaque is affixed to the rhs of the padlocked wooden gate. A great shame about the road sign also affixed to this listed building!

Nigel Mills August 2014

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Surrey Pounds and Pinfolds

Surrey Abinger
  Brockam Green, Dorking
  Hascombe, Hambledon
  Shere, Guildford
  West Clandon
  Westcott, Dorking

Sussex Pounds and Pinfolds

County Location Information Condition Image Available? Contributor Date of Record
Sussex Ashburnham          
  Kingston near Lewes Large rectangular pound Complete Gallery Timothy Ambrose 03/11/2016

Kingston, Sussex

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Tyne and Weir Pounds and Pinfolds

Ryton, Gateshead - Awaiting details

Warwickshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Warwickshire Bentley
  Long Compton

West Midlands Pounds and Pinfolds

West Midlands Barston

Wiltshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Wiltshire Biddestone
  Kington Langley
  Langley Burrell

Crudwell, Wiltshire

Grid ref: 395776,193483

This pound is hidden amongst the undergrowth, at a level below the road, at the west side of the A429 just north of Crudwell. It is rectangular with walls at 1.5 mtrs constructed of drystone with on edge coping. Repaired in 1987 and Grade II listed in 1988. It is shown as a pound on the 1885 OS 1: 2,500 map.

Nigel Mills May 2006

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Worcestershire Pounds and Pinfolds

Worcestershire Churchill          
  Gt Malvern   Complete     17/06/2011


Great Malvern, Worcestershire

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