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Montgomery and district
in Victorian times
  The Montgomery pound  

At one time every parish had its own pound. This was a small enclosure which was used to hold horses, cattle, or sheep which had strayed and were running loose in the district.
This photograph shows the remains of the animal pound for Montgomery which was on the Chirbury Road to the north east of the little town, by the site of the present Fire Station.

A pound-keeper was appointed by the parish, but this was not a popular job !
Remains of
Montgomery pound
Animal pounds were built from materials which were most easily available locally. Most in mid-Wales consisted of an enclosure with four stone walls and a single entrance. The Montgomery pound shown here was of this type, but they could also be made from timber fences.

The stone-walled pound was knocked down in the 1940s, shortly after the second world war, and a memorial garden was laid out on the site.
The animal pound would have been in regular use for much of the Victorian age, when most forms of transport depended on the horse. The owners of strays had to pay to have their animals released from the locked gate of the enclosure. They were also used to hold animals which had been seized by the authorities because of unpaid debts.
There were cases in many areas of people being punished by the courts for removing horses from the district pound without paying. This was called 'poundbreaking'.
The building in the background was the premises of Mr John Eaton, a local butcher. Click here to see a picture of him and his display of carcasses.

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Pounds have been in use all over Britain since medieval times, but most disappeared or were rebuilt for other uses in the early 1900s.
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