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Historic structure in village restored

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 21, 2013

  • County councillor Gill Heath (left) with members of Grindon Parish Council and the craftsman wall builders.

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COMMUNITY spirited residents have come together to restore a historical monument in the centre of their village which dates back to 1547.

The structure, known as a Pinfold, was where stray cattle and sheep were rounded up by an official called a Pinder.

The owners then collected their animals but had to pay a fine to the parish before there were released.

The animals were kept in the Pinfold for a period of up to three weeks.

Now the monument in Grindon has been totally rebuilt and seeded in a project organised by the village’s parish council, which employed local tradesman Peter Gibbs, and Ron Tomkinson of Butterton, to complete the work.

Funding for the scheme came from a £1,000 donation by county councillor Gill Heath from her Staffordshire County Council members local community fund, and £200 from Moorlands Housing and the Peak District National Park Authority, who paid for a large overgrown tree to be removed from the site.

Çouncillor Heath said: “I am very pleased that a historical monument has been restored in the village.

“I am also proud of the community who have worked to restore it.

It is important that heritage monuments remain in the community.

“Although the grants have helped with the financing, the community has done all the work and organising.

“It is also good to see that between us and the county council community fund, something good has happened for the village.”

Chairman of Grindon Parish Council, Alec Hollins, said it was important that the monument was preserved for the community.

He said: “The Pinfold is hundreds of years old. It is vital that heritage monuments are kept for future generations. The community has pulled together and we have employed local craftsmen.

“Also the Peak Park has helped by paying to have the large tree removed.

“We had some work done to the monument in 2000, but the tree had grown through it and the bad winters had seen it deteriorate more. It was felt that it was time it was rebuilt.”

Clerk of the council, Marion Hall, said: “We started to look for grants and applied to the National Lottery, but we were told they did not give grants of less than £3,000, so we looked at what other grants were available. It was then agreed to contact Mrs Heath to see if she could help in any way.”

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