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Description:
You may have stumbled across one, a small, rectangular area bounded by stone walls. It looks like it might be a small cemetery, but there are no headstones to be found! It might just be the old Pound, where stray livestock would be kept until their owners claimed them, with a fee to the Pound Keeper, of course.
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Originally, the pound was built to hold animals whose owners owed taxes to the government until they either paid their debt, or the animals were sold to cover the tax. They were also used to hold stray livestock, or animals left too long on Common Land. According to one account in Bridgewater, New Jersey, the pound might even have served as a makeshift prison!



The first pounds in New England were built in the early 1600's and were made of wood. In the mid-1700's, these structures began to be replaced by stone walls, better able to stand up to the occasional stray bull. These stone structures have survived the best, and many have been restored by local organizations. You will even find wooden structures at town pounds, these have obviously been repaired and restored.



In Britain, from medieval times on, most villages had a village pound where stray animals were held (called a "pinfold" in Northern England). A fine would be payable by the owner for their release to cover any damage they may have done and the cost of their keep in the pound. If unclaimed they would be sold. See this Wikipedia entry. Active use of pounds died out in the early 20th century.

A few examples are Belstone in Dartmoor, Harley in Shropshire, and Wrentham in Suffolk. All of these examples have been preserved and each has a marker or plaque of sorts.

In the UK preserved pounds are to be found in towns and villages. They should not be confused with sheep-folds which are typically larger walled structures in open country away from population centres.

How do you know if you've found a Pound? Well, many have signs or plaques denoting them as such. If not, they typically have a well defined stone wall (approx 30'x30') with an opening for a gate just big enough for large livestock to fit through. If you aren't sure, the local historical society will likely have info on where the town pound was, or if the town had one.



Modern day pounds and animal shelters will not be accepted in this category, only historical pounds. Locations that qualify for this category are historic in nature. Any structure (if it still remains) would be considered to be an historic artifact. Under normal circumstances these structures would no longer be used to hold animals, would have no private or commercial application, but rather, would only be a location of interest to tourists or history buffs. If you find a structure that appears to have been used to hold livestock or other animals within the last hundred years or so, it is almost certainly not a town pound, and should not be submitted unless you have additional compelling evidence that this structure or location was at one time, an actual town pound.
Instructions for Posting a Town and Village Pounds Waymark:
To post a new waymark in this category, you must:

1. Visit the pound and take accurate coordinates with a GPS.
2. Gather compelling evidence that this site is, indeed, a pound and not just a pile of rocks. A photo of an official sign at the site, old maps showing the site of the pound, information from the historical society describing the location of the pound, or pictures that demonstrate the characteristics typical of the pound: age, size, shape, gate, etc.
3. Take at least one picture showing the entire pound. Pictures must be your original work! It is especially important to get good pictures if there is no additional information identifying this spot as a pound.
4. The title of your waymark should include the town & state in which it is found. For example, "Town Pound, Addison, Michigan." If dates the pound was built/was in use are available, they can be included after the town & state.

If you have additional information about the pound, please feel free to share it with others in the listing. You may even be able to find out the name of the Pound Keeper!
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Enjoy your visit, and please share with us:

1. At least one original photo of your visit.
2. The date of your visit.
3. What condition you found the pound in.
4. Share your experience & any additional information you may have gathered!
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Town and Village PoundsTown Pound - Sandwich, NH; Est. 1774

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Town pound in Sandwich, New Hampshire

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member MonkeyAndTheEngineer

location: New Hampshire

date approved: 8/14/2019

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsCheddleton Village Pound - Cheddleton, Staffordshire, England, UK.

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The village pound is located opposite the church on Hollow Lane in the village of Cheddleton.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Poole/Freeman

location: West Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 2/25/2018

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsOrange Town Pound - Orange, MA

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The Orange Town Pound is located on Wheeler Avenue north of the intersection of E Road, on the right side of the road when traveling north.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 6/27/2017

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsSutton Pound - The Drift - Sutton, Cambridgeshire

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Village pound on The Drift, in the village of Sutton.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB

location: Eastern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/7/2017

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsTown Pound -- Canterbury, Kent, UK

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The Canterbury town pound outside the old city walls along Upper Bridge Street

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: South East England, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/30/2016

last visited: 10/15/2020

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Town and Village PoundsMountsorrel Pinfold - Mountsorrel, Leicestershire

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A pinfold on 'The Green', Mountsorrel.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 4/7/2016

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsSt Illtyd's - Cattle Pound - Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

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A circular stone structure outside St Illtyd's churchyard wall is said to be a Cattle Pound. This was used to impound stray cattle, which their owners could reclaim after paying a fee. Located in Pembrey Square, Carmarthenshire, South Wales.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: South Wales, United Kingdom

date approved: 2/3/2016

last visited: 2/6/2016

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Town and Village PoundsThe Pound, Northfield, Birmingham, England

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Northfield Village Pound.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The_Senior_Crabbes

location: West Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 10/14/2015

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsThe Pound, Claverley, Shropshire, England

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Claverley Pound, Shropshire

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The_Senior_Crabbes

location: United Kingdom

date approved: 4/7/2015

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsSt. George Town Pound -- St. George BM

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Just down Pound Alley, behind the Town Hall -- the historic St. George Town Pound, which is now being used as a town greenspace

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Bermuda

date approved: 3/6/2015

last visited: 2/20/2015

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Town and Village PoundsWellow Pinfold, Newark & Sherwood, Nottinghamshire. UK

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The village pinfold in Wellow, Nottinghamshire.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/26/2014

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsNorwell Village Pinfold, Norwell, Newark & Sherwood, Nottinghamshire. UK

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The village pinfold in the parish of Norwell, near Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/26/2014

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsLaxton Pinfold, Laxton & Moorhouse Parish, Newark & Sherwood, Nottinghamshire, UK

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Laxton Pinfold, Laxton & Moorhouse Parish, Newark & Sherwood, Nottinghamshire, UK

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/26/2014

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsLow Marnham Pinfold, Bassetlaw District, Nottinghamshire. UK

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The village Pinfold at Low Marnham, near Newark, in the Bassetlaw District of Nottinghamshire.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/24/2014

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsGrassthorpe Village Pinfold, Newark & Sherwood, Nottinghamshire UK

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The pinfold at Grassthorpe village, Newark and Sherwood District, Nottinghamshire. UK

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/24/2014

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsScrooby Pinfold, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire. UK

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The Pinfold at the village of Scrooby, in Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/24/2014

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsEast Markham Pinfold, Near Newark, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire. UK

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The Village Pinfold at East Markham (also known as Great Markham) in the district of Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire. UK

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/24/2014

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsCuckney Pinfold, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire

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The Village Pinfold at Cuckney, in the Bassetlaw District of Nottinghamshire.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/24/2014

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsScarrington Village Pinfold, Nottinghamshire, UK

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The village pinfold at Scarrington, Newark & Sherwood District, Nottinghamshire.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/5/2014

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsPlumtree Pinfold, District of Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire. UK

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The pinfold at Plumtree Village, Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/5/2014

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsCostock Village Pinfold, Costock, Rushcliffe Borough, Nottinghamshire. UK

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The Village Pinfold at Costock, Borough of Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/5/2014

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsEast Leake Pinfold, East Leake Parish, District of Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire UK

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The Pinfold, East Leake, Nottinghamshire, UK

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/5/2014

last visited: 8/20/2016

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Town and Village PoundsTollerton Village Pinfold, Tollerton Parish, Borough of Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire, UK

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The Pinfold, Tollerton Village, Nottinghamshire, UK

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/5/2014

last visited: never

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Skegby Pinfold, Skegby, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.UK

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/4/2014

last visited: never

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Town and Village PoundsKirkby in Ashfield Pinfold. Nottinghamshire. UK

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Kirby-in-Ashfield Pinfold, Ashfield District, Nottinghamshire.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ProvTwo2-4

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/4/2014

last visited: never

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