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Barrowby's Pinfold

On the 1888 Ordnance Survey map a 'Pinfold' is shown on Low Road.
It seems to have been located to the immediate south of what is now the boundary of Redlands and Sunnybank.

In the nineteenth century most villages had a pinfold – also known as a 'pound'. They were built to confine stray livestock. A pinder or pinderman was apppointed annually to take care of the animals. The owner had to pay a fine for the creatures to be freed.

Pinfolds are typically situated on the periphery of the built-up area at the time. In recent decades new houses have usually expanded far beyond the location of the pinfold. Barrowby is no exception!

I have not encountered any photographs of Barrowby's pinfold. This is entirely typical – they were never photogenic enough to attract the attention of photographers. Below is the only known photograph of the pound in Wymeswold, Leicestershire, before it was mutilated by a misguided 'restoration'. And that photograph was only taken because it looked prettier than usual in the snow!

The brick pound on the edge of Wymeswold, Leicestershire, in February 1991. It has since been badly 'restored' and a small housing estate built in the adjoining field.

In all probability Barrowby's pinfold was built of local stone or brick, but may have been a wooden post-and-rail arrangement.

If you think I've got something wrong – or can add additional information or photographs – then please email me:– bobtrubs@indigogroup.co.uk.

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