IN the distant past every town and village had a pound but very few have survived to the present day.
This one is in the village of Fingest and is still in good condition.
The pounds were used to care for lost or stray animals until they were claimed by their owners in return for a fee.
The village tally man would cut marks or notches in a stick and then cut this in half in such a way that both pieces showed these notches.
Once the animal’s owner had paid up he would be given half of the stick to take to the pound and redeem his property. Both halves would have to match for the animals to be released.