The Pinfolds

I include both in this section, the existing possibly 18th Century cattle pinfold and the much rarer and now sadly demolished Equine pinfold.  The existing pinfold carried grade II listed status. Situated on West End 

The existing pinfold

This was a much larger structure in the past and had triangular copings to the stones, now it has mostly rounded copings.  It was used to house stray animals and occasionally the local drunks. It is built of local sandstone rubble and has roughly a trapezoid plan. Although easrly maps show a much larger square shape. The walls are about 6 ft 7 in high with copings, some rounded and others triangular, and there is an entrance on the north side. the triangular copings are older.

The structure is now privately owned and people enter it at their own risk. There is a cement render on the back wall with 4 names of those villagers that helped to repair it when it was in public hands. The buildling was listed in 1984 and has a legacy number of 185017

A pinfold is a pound for cattle 


Equine Pinfold

This used to sit alongside the pinfold and was a much rarer building, although it was not listed.  This was a brick building possibly built in the 19th Century.  The building used to house the Parish Council Archive and prior to this housed horses.  the smithy across the road from the pinfolds may have made use of the structure to house horses prior to be shod.  The building itself sat in the garden of pinfold house and had a side door onto West End (later bricked up) and an entrance for horses on the eastern side. c A gate on West End was used to allow horses into the garden and then into the structure.  As the building propped up the wall of the existing pinfold for 200 years it may have weakened the structure. 

The building housed horses on the ground floor with a hayloft above.  the window onto Wet End is a more modern window.