Calvin72

Sheffield's Pinfolds.

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I recently came across the old pinfold on Hillfoot Rd, Totley, which has been well kept as a public space with an informative information board. How many pinfolds were in the city? What do people know of their operation and history? 

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There  used to be one at Gleadless Townend, on what is now a triangular piece of land outside the Red Lion pub, and houses a now closed public toilet.

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There was clearly one where Pinfold Street is now.

Pinfolds were used to keep stray farm animals in. If the person whose owner was careless to leave a gate open, the local Pinder would knab them and taken them to the Pinfold. Presumably you would have to pay to have them released. Anyone with the name Pinder or Pindar clearly had an ancestor whose job it was to do that. As you can imagine they were not popular people, like traffic wardens today!

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In December 1883 the Council Improvement Committee requested the Town Clerk to report to them what land, in the shape of pinfolds or otherwise, passed to the Corporation when the old Highway Boards were abolished. This answer may be what Calvin needs.

There was a pinfold near Clark House - in October 1844 Henry Daniels, cow keeper, had allowed his cows to trespass in the field of Mr Dewsnap of Clark House.  Daniels was charged with breaking the lock off the Ecclesall pinfold, the offence being "pound breaking" which carried a penalty of £5.  Possibly the pinfold was at the corner of the current Clarkehouse Road and Clarkhouse Grove.

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Pinfold wall with trough outside and plaque on Bower Lane Grenoside 

Lyn

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Pinfold Street, Sheffield - 1771

Pinfold Lane, Pitsmoor - 1855

Pinfold Street, Eckington - 1870

All either showing the label of 'Pinfold', or an adjacent area of land that could be used as such?

The modern aerial shots show the outline of where these could have been....

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Pinfold Lane, Pitsmoor 1855.JPG

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Pinfold Street, Eckington 1870s.JPG

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There's the site of one on Silver Hill, Ecclesall Road just below the church. Looks like it's where the monumental mason's hut was located (now a little coffee shop). Question is - is that nice stone gateway part of the original pinfold, or put there subsequently by the mason ?

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...streetview screengrab in case memories need jogging:

 

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R.E.Leader's "Sheffield in the Eighteenth Century" gives some clues to the location of Sheffield town centre's last pinfold.

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