Work has now started on Cropston Pinfold. The Pinfold is an historic site and is situated on the old road by the side of the Thatched Cottage on the corner of Station Road/Reservoir Road and at the back of the Badgers Sett. Clearing it has now started and there will soon be pictures of before and after on the website.
A Pinfold, or pound, was originally built to hold animals which were found straying from their owners land or were found grazing on the common without common rights. The animals would not be released until a fine had been paid to the pinder.
Breaking into the pinfold to release the animals was an offence punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment. They were also used by drovers taking their stock to market. The pinfold was used to pen the animals overnight for a small fee.
Most villages would have had a pinfold by the 16th century. Cropston is “elite” in that the pinfold although small, has stone walls rather than a hedge as its boundary.