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Field Broughton Pound, Cumbria


National Register of Pounds and Pinfolds. Thanks to further research and the numerous contacts from readers of this web site I have now been able to compile and include in this website a National Register of Pounds and Pinfolds with a brief description of each one. Please continue to e-mail me with updates, discoveries and questions and I will add to the Register when appropriate.
Pounds and Pinfolds in Yorkshire: I am hearing about numerous examples in Yorkshire and wonder why of all counties they seem to have been preserved best. Any ideas?
A great example still exists at Luddenden. Thank you to Robin Longbottom for the image now added to the Gallery.

Cumbria Register. The Register for Cumbria has now been updated and my research in the form of a book is with the publishers. Watch this space!

Suffolk Pinfolds. There are only a few left and those I have visited are listed in the National Register. However I could not find the one said to be near Waveney Grange, Somerleyton. Can anyone help locate it please?


Welcome to the Pounds and Pinfolds web site run by Nigel Mills ....... 
Pounds and Pinfolds were originally built to hold animals found straying from their owner's land or grazing on the common without common rights. The animals would only be released on payment of a fine to the Pinder who was an officer of the Lord of the Manor. 
Each village or township as early as the 16th century would probably have had a Pound or Pinfold but relatively few remain today. Surviving Pounds and Pinfolds are often listed buildings but many more are falling into disrepair and disappearing from the landscape.
The intention of this website is to raise awareness of these modest buildings by identifying all of the surviving examples, recording their location and condition and encouraging their restoration or preservation. 

I have already located a number of Pounds and Pinfolds in Cumbria, sponsored by The Friends of the Lake District. I am currently researching the history of these usually modest structures to find out who built them, who appointed the Pinder, how they were used and misused, their legal framework, the impact their use had on the rural community and why they fell into their present largely neglected state. 

Edenhall Pinfold, Cumbria

Pinfolds come in all shapes and sizes and since they ceased to be used for their original purpose they have been put to various uses. Some have been roofed to provide dry storage, some have seats and several are now used as a children's playground. This one at Edenhall, Cumbria is a well kept and productive sheltered  garden.  

Funding to restore a Pound or Pinfold is available from several sources. It does take a concerted effort to identify the most appropriate source and also to find a local dry stone waller or skilled craftsman who has an interest in restoration and a knowledge of  the building techniques necessary to keep the original look of the structure. 


Staveley-in-Cartmel Pound

The Pound at Staveley-in-Cartmel has been "modernised" with an added window and roof and its condition is now gradually deteriorating.
Have you ever wondered what is the difference between a Pound and a Pinfold? or where sheepfolds, bields and stells fit into the picture then click below for the answer to these and other FAQ's about Pounds and Pinfolds. 

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If you have an interest in Pounds and Pinfolds, if you know of one near you, if you have already restored or repaired one or if you can tell me anything about the history and use of them please contact me using the link below.

This web site will be used to record the existence and condition of pounds and pinfolds, offer contributed practical advice on seeking funds to preserve them and share the existence of any historical knowledge.

I am also seeking any historical references to pounds and pinfolds on old maps, church and parish records, manor court records and any information on the keeper of the pound, the Pinder. If you can help please contact me using the link below.

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