Friday, September 15, 2017

Derryfield Town Pound

I've photographed several town pounds nearby, and here is another one.  All that is left here is the gate for the Derryfield Town Pound, which can be seen at Derryfield Park in Manchester, New Hampshire  It is near the corner of Belmont Street and Reservoir Avenue.


In colonial times, the town could hold stray cows and pigs and other farm animals in the pound and collect fines.  It was customary for farmers to brand their animals and let them loose to feed on common land.  If the animal was a nuisance, or wandered into fields during harvest time, the town had an elected official (known as pound keeper or hog reeve) who would impound the animal and collect a hefty fine from the owner.  This town pound was built in 1741, with stone walls to keep in the livestock.  Some famous local pound keepers were John Goffe and Archibald Stark.  It was a lucrative enterprise!

[from Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, 1751 - 1782, page 40]

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Derryfield Town Pound", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 15, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

1 comment:

  1. I had no idea that pounds started this way. How interesting!