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 1

This is the Pounds and Pinfolds National Register set up to record and encourage the knowledge and preservation of these structures in our landscape. 

The locations listed have been identified from maps, archive records and by being observant when travelling around our towns, villages and cities. Minimal information is currently recorded and so I am seeking to expand on this with any information that I recieve from you, the reader, Please send me any information using the email address I am currently  expanding the entries so if you can tell me anything about the pinfolds present use and send an image I will credit you with the contribution. Thank you.


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 note that when compiling the Registers I have used the English Counties as they are today because I hope people will be able to locate the pounds and pinfolds and explore the English countryside in which they exist. However the changes to counties in 1974 and the later system of Unitary Authorities confuses this county organisation, and me, so please bear this in mind. If you find any discrepancies please let me know. 


Grid references: Grid reference X and Y coordinates given. For a 6 digit grid reference read e.g. 317391, 5506847 as 173506. Or enter 12 digit references in or Contributions from other than the author are given for each entry.


Bedfordshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Bedfordshire Clophill Red brick construction. Grade II listed Complete See English Heritage 10/01/1985


Pertenhall, Bedfordshire

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Swineshead, Bedfordshire

Grid ref: 506110,265860

Original site on the west side of Swineshead Road northj of the High Street junction. It was shown as square and named as a pound on the OS 1884 map but now only a hedge exists in it's place.  Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021


Berkshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Bucklebury, Berkshire

Grid ref: 456124,170270

A well maintained large rectangular pound at ths side of the road. No access. It is shown on the 1877 OS 1:2,500 map as a pound.  

Nigel Mills December 2008

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Speen, Berkshire

Grid ref: 445770,168025

The site of this pound is shown by wooden posts at the junction of Pound Lane and Bath Road. It is shown on the 1881 OS map as a pound.

Nigel Mills December 2018

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Waltham St Lawrence, Berkshire

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Shown in the centre of the village on the 1872 OS 1:2,550 map. Any information please?


Buckinghamshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Buckinghamshire East Burnham Brick with wood gate, listed Grade II Complete See English Heritage 24/04/1985
  Little Marlowe, Wycombe Flint walls with brick dressing, Grade II Complete See English Heritage 08/01/1987
  West Wycombe          
  Wicken Stone & square in Pound Close Complete     11/06/2010



Cambridgeshire Pounds and Pinfolds

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


Benwick, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 534270,290160

A mature tree now marks the site of Benwick Pound and a comprehensive historical interpretive board stands near by. It is shown and named on the 1888 1:2,500 OS map and later versions but has disappeared by the 1927 edition. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2021

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Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 536710,274400

A square pound shown on the 1888 and a few editions later of the 1:2,500 OS maps but now long gone making way for modern buildings on Station Road. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021


Broughton, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 528120,277911

Although no longer in place the pound is remembered on the interpretive plaque affixed to the lock up on the village green where the Broughton Pinder is descirbed as "a delightful pinder who always seems so sorry if he is obliged to run in your straying horse. He does not demand his bond, which is perhaps 6d a head on all stray cattle, but is willing to accept a liquid composition for his pains!"  The pound is shown on the 188 1:2,500 OS map. Contributed by Michael Trolove, that's his bike in the photo, May 2021

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Bury, Owls End, Ramsay, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 528200,283670

This pound is shown and named on the 1889 OS 1:2,500 map and later maps but gone from the 1926 edition. The location remains as a communal area on a housing estate at the junction of Woodfields Avenue and Tunkers Lane. No trace of the pound is left. Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021

Castor, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 512204,298595

Shown at the corner of The Green on the 1886 OS 1:2,500 map close to the present electrical sub-station at the corner of this public area. In the Tithe Roll of 1847 The Hon.George Fitzwilliam is recorded as owning Castor Pound on The Green and Ailsworth Pound. No trace of the pound now exists. Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021


Chatteris, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 538797,286709

The only legacy to this pound is Pound Road which was even in 1888 the access road to the pound situated on the edge of the village of Chatteris. No phyisical trace is left on the site. Shown and named on the 1888 1:2,500 OS map but it had disappeared by 1926. Contributed by Michael Trolove May 2021

Coveney, Cambridgshire

Grid ref: 548717,281856

This well maintained pound is approx 4 mtrs square with 1.8mtr walls and open 1 mtr entrance. A large interpretative panel is attached to one wall and it is adjcent to a lock - up. Grade II Listed since 1988. Located on Main Street, Coveney close to the Manor House (now Manor House Farm) and named as a Pound on the 1887 1:2,500 OS Map.

Contributed by Michael Trolove April 2021

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Doddington, Isle of Ely, Cambridgshire

Grid ref: 540180,290750

No trace left apart from Pound House, High Street on or near the site. Shown on the 1887 1:2,500 OS map adjacent to an open area. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2021

Ellington, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 516030,271730

The 1888 edition of the 1:2,500 OS map shows a square pound to the south of All Saints Church just outside the south gate of the graveyard. No trace now remains. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021 

Farcet, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 520780,294469

Shown as a pound from the 1889 1:2,500 OS map until 1952. The site is now a tree plantation at the corner of New Meadow Drove and Straight Drove on the south eastern outskirts of Farcet. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2021 

Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire

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The only hint, but a strong one, of a pinfold here is the name of Pinfold Lane on the maps from as early as 1886. However the site cannot be found. Any help would be appreciated please.

Great Raveley, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 525676,281021

This circular pound was named and shown on the 1888 1:2,500 OS and others through to 1926. The original location at a junction no doubt caused its demise as roads were widened in the early 20th Century. No trace is left. Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021.

Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 529598,270526

A square pound named on the 1888 and 1901 1:2,500 OS maps on the corner of Pound Lane and Back Street. Extensive development of the area and road widening seems to have caused its demise but is still remembered in the road name. Contributed by Michael Trolove June 2021 

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Impington, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 544710,236210

A square structure is shown on earlier maps but not named until the 1927 OS map. Site is now access to a dwelling. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021

Landbeach, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 547610,265360

This pound is shown on the 1887 1:2,500 OS map and even at that early date the improvement and widening of the adjacent road caused one wall of what would have been a square structure to be rebuilt forming the unusual plan it is today. Utilising a house wall to the north east the other walls are approx 2 mtrs high and the interior floor is lower than the road. The whole pound is well maintained. Approx. 7mtrs by 4mtrs and built of pale brick with semi circular coping. A sign on the iron gate leaves no doubt that this is the Landbeach Parish Pound. It stands at Green End near All Saints Church. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021  

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Longstanton, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 539919,266388

Shown as a pound on the 1887 1:2,500 OS map but now site has been lost to the cross roads of School Lane and Woodside. The town is rapidly expanding due to its proximity to Cambridge. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021


Mepal, Ely, Cambridgshire

Grid ref: 544274,280990

Shown as a rectangular Pound just north of The Green on the 1887 1:2,500 OS map. No trace found.

Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021


Molesworth, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 507480,275620

Shown as a square pound to the south end of the High Street in Molesworth on the 1889 1:2,500 OS map but now lost.

Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021 

Old Hurst, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 529810,277230

Found on the 1888 1:2,500 OS map at the junction of Church Street with Warboys Road but no trace found. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2021

Over, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 538120,270970

A square pound is marked on the 1886 1:2,500 OS map beside the track leading to the fields. It remains on the later editions as late as 1958 but then with the advent of "progress" and the extraction of sand and gravel the track was enlarged to allow easier access and the pound disappears. The site is amongst trees at Furtherford a few metres from the junction with Fen End. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021 


Somersham, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 536210,278280

The 1888 1:2,500 OS maps shows a pound a field away from the Manor Hall on Parkhall Road. This site and many fields around it now are covered by modern housing. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 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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Spaldwick, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 512730,272970

This pound site now has a house named "The Pound" built on it with Pound Close adjacent reminding us of the original use of the site. Named on the 1886 OS map. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021


St Ives, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 531197,272208

This pound stood at the corner of St Audreys Lane and Ramsey Road on the 1880 1:2,500 OS map and is remembered in the name of a residential road a block to the north named The Pouns. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021 

Stretham, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 551170,2748560

Shown as a large six sided Pound on the 1887 1:2,500 OS map. Site now built upon. No trace found.

Conributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021

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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Swavesey, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 536230,268540

A pound is named on the 1902 1:2,500 OS but not on the earlier 1886 edition but in the same spot, or adjacent to it, is named a Fire Engine House. The site is at the rear of houses so not accessible. The housing development means it has probably been demolished. The enclosure of a pound lends itself to changes of use over time and it is feasible that the pound and the fire engine house were on the same site. See Kirkby Thore, Cumbria for an example. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021

Ufford, Stamford, Cambridgshire

Grid ref: 509510,303960

Shown as a rectangular pound on the 1886 1:2,500 OS map. The site is now a small amenity area with bus shelter, public seating and an established tree near modern housing at the junction of Main Street and Newport Way. No trace of the pound now exists. Contributed by Michael Trolove, Aprl 2021

Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 527310,296470

This pound is complete and in good repair being used by the Whittlesey In Bloom group as a garden. It is an irregularly shaped pound built of brick with triangular coping, walls standing approx. 2 mtrs high. On the edge of a green amenity area on Aliwall road. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2021


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Wilberton, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 548610,274880

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Wistow, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 528111,281229

Shown as a pound on the 1888 1:2,500 OS map at the east end of Bridge street there is now no trace. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2021

Witcham, Ely, Cambridgshire

Grid ref: 546541,280224

Shown as a rectangular Pound on Back Lane on the 1887 1:2,500 OS map. No trace found. Contributed by Michael Trolove April 2021

Woodwalton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 521480,280810

Shown and named  for the fisrt and last time on the 1888 OS 1: 2,500 map as a large rectangular pound. It was at the back of The Green but no trace is left. The area is now a wild area growing species such as Elder and Blackthorne.  Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2021


Yaxley, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Grid ref: 517648,291859

Pound Lane recognises the past existence of a pound here next to the church boundary but apart from the change from stone to brick in the construction of the boundary wall there is no trace of this pound. Consistently named and shown on the earlier OS maps, then later not named and then it disappeared from the 1970's maps. Contributed by Michael Trelove, May 2021  


Cheshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Cheshire Aston by Budworth Rectangular, low walls, coping stones Complete See Engilsh Heritage 03/09/1984
  Aston(Gt Budworth) Square with low walls.Restored Complete   David Haynes 24/04/2010
  Bate Heath, Knutsford   Complete See Geograph 06/04/2006
  Bickerton In a poor state with walls denuded Poor   David Haynes 24/04/2010

  Great Budworth          
  Henbury Circular with concrete coving,metal gate Complete   David Haynes 24/04/2010
  Poole Green Sandstone rubble remains Poor   David Haynes 24/04/2010
  Sutton Lane Ends Square with some walls lowered Complete   David Haynes 24/04/2010

    David Haynes
  Wardle Square with low walls, metal gate Complete   David Haynes 24/04/2010

Harthill, Cheshire

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Norton Canes, Watling Street, Cheshire

Grid ref: 401354,307183

The pinfold is shown on the 1884 OS 1:2,500 map. Update requested please.

Poole Bank, Cheshire

Grid ref: 363935,35580

Grade II listed in 1973 this pinfold is describes as constructed of hammer-dressed red sandstone blocks, 1 mtr high and 3mtrs square. One wall appeared to have been lowered. It is at the junction of Poole Old Hall Lane and Wettenhall Road and is named on the 1875 OS 1:2,500 map.

Contributed by Roger Birchall June 2018

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Tarvin, Cheshire

Grid ref: 349124,366916 (approx)

The Pinford on Church Street was exposed when the Parish Council removed an old wooden shed, a sycamore tree and copious amonts of rubbish from the site. Only the remains of the walls are visible but is being maintained by the council as part of Tarvin's history. It is shown on the 1875 OS 1:2,500 map next to Ducker's Well.  

Contributed by John Lindop January 2014 

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Cornwall Pounds and Pinfolds

Cornwall Antony, Caradon Recangular with high walls   See English Heritage 26/01/1987
  Botusfleming, Caradon Small rectangular 8mtr by 10 mtr   See English Heritage 19/12/1987
  Breage, Kerrier Earlier gunpowder store converted to pound   See English Heritage 26/08/1987
  Chacewater Manor Pound(OS) Square Privately owned     Dave Foster 24/01/2014
  Feock, Carrick Manor Pound   See English Heritage 12.03/1986
  Lesnewth Hidden away in private woods  Complete   Nigel Mills 18/06/2011
  St Day, Kerrier Circular with rubble walls Complete See English Heritage 12/09/1989
  Zennor Wellhouse and Pound Grade II  n/k   English Heritage 07/09/1988

Chacewater, Truro, Cornwall

Grid ref: 174466,044260

This Manor Pound is shown and named on the 1880 OS 1:2,500 map. Dobbie describes it in 1977 as square, constructed with drystone large stone blocks with some walls up to 2mtrs high. Overgrown and falling into disrepair.

Contributed by Dave Foster January 2014

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Lesnewth, North Cornwall

Grid ref: 213066,090307

This pound is remote and hidden away in the woods planted around 1940. It is approx. 100mtrs NE of the Old Rectory. It is an oval shape approx. 10 mtrs diameter and rivetted into the bank. Rubble and stone construction with walls approx 1mtr high. Not shown on OS maps but is Grade II listed.

Nigel Mills January 2014

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Derbyshire Pounds and Pinfolds

Derbyshire Alstonefield Possibly a sheepfold?   Gallery Nigel Mills 0/11/2005
  Barlow Restored in 1985 Grade II Complete     31/01/1967
  Barrow on Trent          
  Biggin Circular restored pinfold Complete Gallery Nigel Mills 0/05/2006
  Bubnell Keys Almost disappeared Remains On 1883 OS    
  Calow     On 1883 OS    
  Eggington Small Rectangular pinfold Grade II Complete See English Heritage 02/09/1986
  Eyam Woodlands,Grindleford          
  Hassop  Almost disappeared Remains On 1883 OS    
  Hope Circular with Rules for Pound Keeper Complete Geograph   21/07/2007
  Ilam Possibly a sheepfold?     Nigel Mills 15/03/2006
  Milltown, Ashover Stone with metal gate Complete See Geograph 03/08/2009
  Osmaston Circular Pinfold on Osmaston estate Complete See Geograph 18/02/2007
  Over Haddon Look like sheepfold   On 1883 OS    
  Sandiacre, Erewash Combined lock up and pound Grade II Complete See English Heritage 10/11/1967
  Wirksworth West End          
  Wyns Tor, Winster Large circular structure  Complete See Geograph  

Alstonefield, Derbyshire/Staffordshire border

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More likely a sheepfold.

Nigel Mills May 2006

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Biggin, Derbyshire

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Curbar, Derbyshire

Grid ref: 425022,374574

On the 1898 OS 1:2,500 map this structure is named uniquely as a Penfold. It is circular, situated in Curbar Lane at its junction with Pinfold Hill. Walls are approx. 2 mtrs high and a smart white painted farm gate secures the entrance. The space inside houses several buildings and the surrounding overgrown foliage make it easy to miss. 

Nigel Mills May 2006

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Little Longstone, Derbyshire

Grid ref: 418900,371680

This village pinfold accessed from the road lies on the outskirts of Little Longtone abutting a single storey building. It is shown on the 1879 OS 1:2,500 map. It is recorded in Archives as needing repair in 1840, in poor condition in the Hill Survey of 1985 but is now in good repair and has a nameplate attached identifying it as the pinfold.

Nigel Mills May 2006

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Monyash, Derbyshire

Grid ref: 414957,366963

Located north of the village it is shown on the 1878 OS 1:2,500 map in a field corner adjacent to the roadway. It is constructed of field stone, not unlike a sheepfold, and has a small information board beside it.

Nigel Mills May 2006  

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Devon Pounds and Pinfolds

Devon Ashburton Laughter Tor Sheepfold?        
  Belstone  Now used as a garden        
  Creaber Pound, Gidleigh A Dartmoor pound   See Geograph 08/06/2006
  Dunnabridge Medieval dry stone walls Deteriorating See Geograph 28/10/1987
  Highweek Feoffes A2A reference 1638F referes to Poundfold         
  North Bovey          
  Oakhampton Creaber Pound          
  S. Giles in the Wood          
  Sidmouth Tall walled Pound, rounded coping. Complete See English Heritage 12/11/1973
  Salcombe Regis Erected in 1939 to comm.planting thorn tree Complete See English Heritage 12/10/1951
  Torrington (Great)          


Dorset Pounds and Pinfolds

Dorset Ashmore          
  Corfe Castle          
  Langton Herring          
  Langton Matravers          
  Wimbourne Minster          
  Winfrith Newburgh, Purbeck          

Wareham Town Pound, Dorset

Grid ref: 392118,087260

This pound site is used as a leisure and arts area for the town. It is Grade II listed, square and constructed of brick with brick on-edge coping. It has been kept in good repair including the gate which is in the NW wall. Shown on the 1889 OS 1:1,2500 map.

Contributed by Pat Rowland March 2019

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Durham County Pounds and Pinfolds

Durham Consett          

Headlam, Teesdale, County Durham

Grid ref: 417891,519000

This large low walled structure is in the centre of The Green, close to the site of Dumb Nanny's Well, a useful water source for the pinder. It is marked but not named on OS maps but has been recognised as a pinfold by gaining Grade II listed status. Currently used as a very productive garden.

Nigel Mills October 2006  

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Essex Pounds and Pinfolds

Essex Epping Forest Conservators
  Epping Forest Parish
  Lambourne End
  Saffren Walden

Orsett, Essex

Grid ref: 564270,181920

A large square pound on the 1867 1:2,500 OS map and now represented by a wooden structure at the junction of Pound Lane (formerly Maltings Lane) with High Road. Early pounds were made of local material like wood if stone was not plentiful. This pound has even made it as a Francis Frith postcard! Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021

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South Ockenden, Essex

Grid ref: 559510,183020

On the 1866 and on later maps as recent as 1960 this square pound is marked and named at the north east corner of The Green. Today it is difficult to identify from the additional brickwork on the site. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021


Please see National Register Part 2 for more Pounds and Pinfolds