Generally, unclaimed strays became the property of the lord of the manor after a certain period of time, often twelve months.Pounds vary greatly in construction, from substantial stone-walled enclosures to simple post and rail fences. No longer in use, they are very vulnerable, and the simpler ones decay and disappear quite rapidly, their positions known only from early maps. This particular example was on the line of the M25 motorway.

animal pound

The pound on its original site in Walton Heath.