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 Register 1 to help you navigate these Registers.

 

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 www.old-maps.co.uk or  www.streetmap.co.uk. Contributions from other than the author are given for each entry.

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Gloucestershire Pounds and Pinfolds

 

Broadwell, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Grid ref: 420395,227514

Described as Old Pound on the 1885 1:2,500 OS map on the northern part of The Green in the centre of the village. The site is now private housing with no trace of the old structure. Nigel Mills May 2021

 

Charfield, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Grid ref: 371773,191378

This pound is noted on the 1889 1:10,560 OS map and is now part of a private garden to the bungalow next to it, named not surprisingly, Pound View. It  is approx. 8 mtrs square built of local stone. About two fields distant along the same lane is Poundhouse Farm. The Charfield Parish Council has suggested a possible link to the management of the pound by the farm in the 1800's but this has not been confirmed. 

Contributed by Alan Hamer May 2006

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Donnington, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Grid ref: 419209,228048

Described in 1974 (Willmot Dobbie) "Drystone walling with vertical coping in good condition except north wall fallen with the farm providing the south wall. Used as garden and car standing". Adjacent to Weasel Barn Farmhouse the structure is shown but not named on any OS map. Now a garden, overgrown and walls have deteriorated. Nigel Mills May 2021

 

 

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Saintbury, Broadway, Gloucestershire

Grid ref: 411690,240115

 A small structure shown on OS maps from 1885 but never named as a pound. Opposite Middle Hill Farm on Buckle Street. Listed in 2003 as a stable and attached pound circa mid C18. Now the garden of "The Barn" with low walls and gated entrances. Nigel Mills May 2021 

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Thornbury, Gloucestershire

Grid ref: 363344,190603

This pinfold backs on to the loal lockup, shown in image, which was Grade II listed in 1984. The walls are a good 2 mtrs high and access is through a locked gate. Well maintained approx 20 mtrs by 10mtrs and used as a productive garden. It is not named on any OS map I could find, which is unusual for such a large structure, and the 1880 series of OS maps indicate it is witin the original walls of Thornbury Castle.

Nigel Mills May 2006



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Westerleigh, Yate, Gloucestershire

Grid ref: 369921,179910

This pinfold looks to be at risk as one wall has already been demolished to increase access to the adjacent house. It is shown on the 1889 OS 1:10,560 map and the walls still in place are a good 2mtrs high.

Contributed by Sue Hamer May 2006  

 

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Hampshire Pounds and Pinfolds


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Herefordshire Pounds and Pinfolds


Canon Pyon, Herefordshire

Grid ref: 345101,249141

This pound named on the 1887 OS 1: 2,500 map is at the junction just about 120mtrs before the church and is a fine well maintained example of a pound. Roughly coursed sandstone with flat sandstone coping and open entrance. Rectanguler in shape with the entire pound raised slightly above ground level.

Nigel Mills September 2014.   

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Eardisley, Herefordshire

Grid ref: 331239,249227

This pound is named on the 1887 OS 1:2,500 map just north of St Mary Magdelene's Church in the main street and not listed. Although walls are only approx 1 mtr high the rectangular structure is kept in good condition. 

Nigel Mills September 2014

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Hertfordshire Pounds and Pinfolds


Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 509433,201934

This square pound is clearly named and indicated on the 1874 OS 1:2,500 map as a square structure on Abbots Langley High Street just south of the junction of Abbots Road. Marking the spot today is a wooden post and rail structure. 

Nigel Mills January 2003. Still in place in June 2022, Michael Trolove

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Anstey, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 536017,229977

A rectangular pound on the 1883 25" map but possibly lost as chalk excavations took place adjacent to site. Contributed by Michael Trolove, January 2023


Ardeley, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 530977,227150

Shown on the 1884 OS map adjacent to Church Farm but now lost. Contributed by Michael Trolove, January 2023


Bovingdon, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 501790,203454

On 1882 OS map as a pound and has now disappeared due to highway improvements. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2022


Buntingford, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 536017,229977

Now lost but stood where the A10 road becomes the High Street. On the 1898 OS map but site is now a planted verge. Contributed by Michael Trolove, January 2023

   

Hay Green, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 533910,236814

It was located just beyond Hoops Lane and shown on the 1880 OS map but now lost. Contributed by Michael Trolove, January 2023


Hinxworth, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 523661,240472

OS map shows a pound in 1887 but no trace found today. Contributd by Michael Trolove April 2022


Ickleford, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 518365,231727

No trace on OS maps but Pound Farm may refer to a long gone structure. Contributed by Michael Trolove, April 2022


Kings Langley, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 507024,202935

A post and rail interpretation of the original pound shown on the 1882 OS map. Made of oak with oak and pegged at the joints, no doubt from local woodlands. It measured approx 20ft by 20ft and is 4ft 6ins high. On the edge of Kings Langley Common. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2022

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Reed, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 536092,235759

A pound on the OS 25" for 1883 to the west of the village church.Contributed by Michael Trolove January 2023


Sarratt, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 504007,177759

Named on 1892 OS map but now just a grassed area. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2022

 

Shenley, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 518902,200840

The pound is on the 1877 OS 1:10,560 map but due to road widening has disappeared without trace. It was at the north end of Pound Lane. 

Nigel Mills January 2003


Tring, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 492690,211487

A square pound on the 1884 OS map now lost to road widening on London Road. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2022


Walkern, Hertfordshire

Grid ref: 529113,226307

On the 1884 OS map but now site is a "splendidly kerbed green grassed triangle" by Winters Lane. Contributed by Michael Trolove, January 2023


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Huntingdon Pounds and Pinfolds

Pounds and Pinfolds are recorded in this register under their modern county names e.g. Cambridgeshire.



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Isle of Wight


Freshwater, Isle of Wight

Grid ref: 433600,086579

This pound stands close to a well on Poundgreen in Freshwater. Interestingly the 1862 OS 1:2,500 map names it as a "pinfold" on Poundgreen but the surveyor for the 1909 OS 1:2,500 map sensibly names it as a "pound" on Poundgreen, the name it retains today. A fine and carefully restored pound with walls approx 1.5mtrs high built of stone rubble, red brick dressings and curved coping. It is in the care of Freshwater Parish Council and the interior has been used for many years as a productive garden. Contributed by Brenda Hobbs November 2008

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Brading, Isle of Wight

Grid ref: 460744,087300

This pound is Grade II listed and can be found on Quay Lane (prev. Wall Lane) beyond the church graveyard in Brading. It is square with an opening on the SE wall and constructed of stone rubble, 2 mtrs high with brick quoins and flat stone coping. Wightpedia.org.uk tells us that it was overgrown but cleared and tidied by students from the National Citizen Service in 2016. Nigel Mills August 2016


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Shorwell, Isle of Wight

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Grade II listed, square, 1.5 mtrs approx high walls of stone rubble. Restored in 1951.

Exact location not confirmed. Is it Walkers Lane or Pound Lane?

Nigel Mills August 2016






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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


Bolton-le-Sands, Lancashire

Grid ref: 348488,468290

The early OS map surveyed in 1845 show this structure as circular and names it as a Pinfold. Later maps just indicate a pump with the letter P, to be found on Main Road, west side of the A6 trunk road. It is approximately    32 ft in diamenter with rubble walls and is registered by Historic England as "date uncertain". It is now put to use as a public area, having lost part of the wall to road widening, with a plaque describing the function of a pinfold. Image contributed by Bob Calvert November 2022 

 

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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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Leigh, Lancashire

Site is behind a row of houses in Bangor Fold, Manchester Road, Bedford on private poperty. Current condition not known. Contributed by Michael Caine, June 2022.

 

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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Priest Hutton, Lancashire            Awaiting information

 

 

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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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West Bradford, Ribble Valley, Lancashire

Grid ref: not known

A small irregular Pinfold not found on OS maps, given to the village by Lord Clitheroe (Willmott Dobbie p35 1979). Well kept by the parish and measuring approx 30ft by 10ft. Contributed by Margaret Ashworth, Ocober 202


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Yealand Conyers, Lancashire

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Yealand Storrs, Lancashire

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Leicestershire Pounds and Pinfolds


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Barkestone, Leicestershire

Grid ref: 477894,334932

A square pinfold once stood on the edge of this village green No references found today. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2022.

 

Elston, Leicestershire

Grid ref: 475713,348713

 

Plungar, Leicestershire

Grid ref: 476971,334056

This site of this oval pinfold, shown on the OS 1899 map, is now a garden. No trace left. Contributed by Michael Trolove. May 2022


Redmile, Leicestershire

Grid ref: 479452,335664

This rectangular pinfold is shown on the 1884 OS map but is now lost. The sheepwash located nearby may have influenced its demise. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2022

 

Stonesby, Leicestershire

Grid ref: 482362, 324680

A complete large stone pinfold as shown on the 1885 OS map and now hemmed in by a barn and garden. Approx 15mtrs square with lowered walls and Pinfold House adjacent. Contributed by Michael Trolove, March 2022. 


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Wymeswold, Leicestershire

Grid ref: 459921,323630

A large oval pinfold rebuilt on the original site of one shown as circular on earlier OS maps. Brick construction about 4ft high and topped in triangular engineering bricks. Now houses seats on a loose stone chip floor. Located  on Storkit Lane. Contributed by Michael Trolove September 2022.

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Lincolnshire Pounds and Pinfolds


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Bardney, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 512024,369477

On Horncastle Road near the junction with Abbey Road the site of this small pinfold has been well kept with post and rail and an interpretive board for the village. A plaque recognising the pinfold site shown on the 1887 OS map is attached to the wooden structure. The last Pinder was said to be Mr Horsewood in 1909. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2022

 

 

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Baston, South Kesteven, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 511420,314043

Site is named as a pound on the 1888 OS map but now contains a house and garden with datestone of 1908. Contributed by Michael Trolove, November 2021


Bitchfield, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 498330,328460

A sizable rectangular pound beside the road on the 1888 1:2,500 OS map but gone by the 1904 edition. Stood on Lower Bitchfield Road just north of St Mary Magdalen's Church. Contributed by Michael Trolove, July 2021

 

Bourne, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 510480,320125

A small circular pound stood at the roadside to the east of Bourne according to the 1880 1:2,500 OS map. It was still recorded on the later 1904 and 1930 editions but by the 1970's had been deleted. Today the road is much wider and trading estates abound in this area and not surprisingly there  is no trace of the pound. Contributed by Michael Trolove, July 2021


Burton-le-Coggles, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 497810,325730

This was no doubt the Manorial Pound for the Manor of Burton-le-Coggles standing as it did adjacent to the barns of Manor Farm in Chestnut Lane. Shown on the 1888 1:2,500 OS map but lost before 1904 the stone no doubt used elswhere on the farm. Contributed by Michael Trolove, July 2021


Counthorpe, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 500320,320210

The remains of this pound approx 4mtrs square, were discovered but so obscured by an overgrown hedge that the extent of it left was difficult to judge. It is beside a tight narrow steep banked road west of the village which supports the East Coast Main line railway. It is shown and named on the 1888 1:2,500 map and shown but not named on later versions. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021.


East Lound, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: SK 78609 99769

Shown on the 1907 OS map this rectangular brick pound with some local stone at low level has capping tiles and a brick rowlock decorative finish for the walls. It is Brackenhill Road and hosts the village Christmas Tree as a permanent feature. Variable height with walls approx 14mtrs by 8 mtrs. Contributed by Michael Trolove June 2023.

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Epworth (Rectory Street), Lincolnshire

Grid ref: SE 78614 03559

A large rectanguar brick Pinfold with walls approx 1.5 mtrs high. A plaque attached suggests it is in Recory Street but OS shows it is in Pinfold Street. Contributed by Michael Trolove June 2023




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Epworth (West End), Lincolnshire

Grid ref: SE 76671 05115

This renovated pinfold was a circular pinfold on the 1886 OS map but now has a straight wall adjcent to a track. Made of brick and approx 10 mtrs across. Contributed by Michael Trolove June 2023.

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Gelston, Lincolnshire

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Haxey, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: SK 77627 99747

A major historical monuments in the village beside the main road so easily noticed. A brick built pinfold with glazed tile top, maybe slightly rebuilt due to road improvenments. A large five bar gate allows easy access and the information panel recalls the loss of three RAF airplanes from local bases. Also named as Haxey Pinfold on a wall stone. Contributed by Michael Trolove June 2023. 


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Horbling, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 512263,335555

Shown as a square pound on the 1889 1:2500 OS map, on Donington Road, but now lost. Site may now be part of the garden of the adjacent house or the field. It is worth noting that there is a significantly sized sheepfold marked on the same map just a few yards further along the the road as at times the use of sheepfolds and pounds overlapped. Contributed by Michael Trolove, July 2021


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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Langworth, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 506644,376116

Another pinfold lost but remembered this time as Pinfold Lodge built on the exact site of the one shown on the 1886 OS map. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2022

 

 

 

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Low Burnham, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: SE 78060 02116

Shown on the 1886 OS map, it is now a circular brick pinfold with a wooden gate. About 10 mtrs diameter with lowered walls to ease maintenance. Well maintained. Contributed by Michael Trolove June 2023.


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Little Humby, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 500250,332890

A pound is named on the 1888 1:2,500 OS map on The Green but the actual pinfold site is difficult to pinpoint. Today the area is a grasssed triangle bordered by Main Street and The Green. Area appears to be a conservation area with, for no discernable reason, a circular hedged area. Contributed by Michael Trolove July 2021 


Market Deeping, South Kesteven, Lincolnshire

Grid Ref: Horsegate Pound 515058,309928 Towngate Pound 513797,310884

Both are named on the 1888 OS map but have been overtaken and covered by modern housing developments. Contributed by Michael Trolove, November 2021

 

Nocton, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 505617,364353

Shown on the 1888 OS map as a Pinfold. Nocton is the home of the Beeswax - Dyson farming operation. It has a very smart row of Almshouses and the former Pinfold is now represented by a small copse of trees on Well Head lane. The map suggests this was a square pinfold. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2022

 

Newton, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 504519,335957

Another vanished pound noted on the 1889 OS 1:2,500 map on a sharp bend south of the village. Peculiarly shown as a circular pound in 1889 and a square one on the 1905 OS, probably due to either poor surveying or a later rebuild. Contributed by Michael Trolove July 2021

 

Northorpe, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 509210,317500

This rectagular pinfold has disappeared and where it stood beside Wood Lane ,north of its junction with Northorpe, is now an entrance to fields. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021 


Pointon, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 511390,331889

A good sized rectangular pinfold is on the 1888 1:2,500 OS map at the junction of West Road and Pinfold Lane a stones throw from the Manor House. In 1893 a "Tin Tabernacle" was built as a Chapel-of-Ease on or near the site of the pinfold which may have casued its demise. Contributed by Michael Trolove July 2021


Potter Hanworth, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 505489,366138

Shown on the 1888 OS map as a Pinfold and the site appeared to be one of a series of small green spaces here adjacent to the churcyard. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2022


Rippingale, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 510061,328177

Thanks to the Parish Council this is a splendid well kept pound. It is shown on the 1888 1:2,500 OS and is at the junction of Dovecote and Station Street, previously known as Water Street. It stands about 1.75mtrs high, built of local stone and is approx 4 mtrs by 5 mtrs with an open gateway accessed by steps. Contributed by Michael Trolove July 2021 




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Southrey, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 513656,367577

North of the village this pinfold was shown and named on the 1888 OS map. Now a hedge appears to run through the site. Contributed by Michael Trolove,  May 2022

 

Swinstead, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 501460,322650

This pound, which has long since gone, was beside the road which continues the High Street running north west from the village. The site is now defined by a wire fence with 20-30 year old trees planted within it possibly indicating it is still parish council property. Contributed by Michael Trolove, July 2021


Threekingham, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 508736,336288

Shown as circular and named as a pound on the 1888 OS map close to the Manor House. No trace now exists. Conributed by Michael Trolove July 2021


Toft, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 506850,317090

From a large rectangular pound on the 1888 1,2,500 OS map beside an ancient track to open land to the manicured landscape of a golf course this site is unrecognisable. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021 


Washingborough, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 502061,370642

Known in this village as a penfold and named on the 1886 OS map this site is marked with iron railings and a plaque. Located on Penfold Lane it is on a bank and approx 30ft by 15ft. Contributed by Michael Trolove, May 2022 


 

 

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Witham-on-the-Hill, Lincolnshire

Grid ref: 505184,316679

Although the pound on the 1888 1:2,500 OS map no longer exist the site contains the preserved stocks giving a nod to the earlier use of this site as common land for communal use. Now also used for public communications by telephone and post. The site can be found alongside the lay-by on Elm Avenue just south of its junction with Bottom Street. Contributed by Michael Trolove, June 2021