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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.

1838

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Pinfold wall with trough outside and plaque on Bower Lane Grenoside 

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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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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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There was a pinfold on Owler Lane between at least 1855 and 1870 (when a donkey was sold there to pay pinfold expenses).

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In 1855

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In 1892

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and as it is now:

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Pubs named "The Corner Pin" often have a sign depicting a corner skittle (pin) being knocked down. Infact the name is more likely to be because the pub is close to a Pinfold, often in the corner of a field or village.

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Wow guys, all this research is amazing, you are all so passionate about history and it is an absolute pleasure to read your research

Thankyou

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Another pinfold - on Redmires Road to the left hand side of the Hallamshire Golf Club (just to the left of the stone gateway into the footpath).  Sidney O Addy referred to it in his 1893 book "The Hall of Waltheof" :

Quite near to Hallam Head is a house which on the Ordnance Map is marked as “Hall Carr House.” A few old buildings, a pinfold, a triangular piece of ground surrounded by roads, give an appearance of age to this place, and we may, with some show of probability, take it to be the site of the old palace of the lords of Hallamshire. I thought that the title deeds of landowners might disclose some information of value on this point, and I accordingly applied to Mr. Duncan Gilmour, who has lately built a house at Hallam Head. Mr. Gilmour says: “Looking over the deeds referring to the field between me and Burnt Stones I find that in 1715 a close of land known as 'The Hallam Meadow' was part of it.” Mr. Gilmour also tells me that his land, together with adjoining land, was bought from the Duke of Norfolk, whose predecessors have been lords of the manor for many centuries. I see no reason why The Hallam Meadow should not mean the hall meadow, just as the Roman road to Buxton is still known as Bathum gate, meaning Bath road, or road to Buxton.

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