The Pound

The Pound

The Pound


Almost all villages had a pound in days gone by and some date back to the medieval period.  Above is a picture of the one in Much Wenlock.  It was used for stray animals such as cattle, pigs, geese etc.  Their owners were responsible for the cost of looking after them while they were in the pound until they had sufficient money to have them released.  Animal owners would also be fined by a landowner if their animals had strayed onto their land and caused damaage.  Unclaimed animals were sold at the nearest market if not claimed within three weeks and the keeper of the pound kept the proceeds.

Early pounds were surrounded by briar hedges although later ones were build in brick or stone and their size and shape varied.


Town Council Office Hours Over Christmas

Please note that the Town Council office will be closed for the festive season between 21st December and 1st January.  The office will re-open on Tuesday, 2nd January 2024.  In case of emergency, contact details for Councillors can be found on the Town Council’s website HERE

Merry Christmas!

Councillors and staff at Much Wenlock Town Council would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year

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