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.
Walton Heath, Surrey
No longer in use, animal pounds 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.
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A Simple Structure
The pound is a simple post and rail fence, designed to secure an animal found roaming.
Animals straying upon the heath would be impounded until owners paid a fine for their release.
A written warning reminded owners of the consequences. Unclaimed animals could become the property of the landowner after around 12 months.