PLANS are underway to restore an ancient village Pound in the area. 

The historic structure - which is located in Arlingham - could soon be returned to its former glory thanks to a £23,000 grant. 

The ruins which are located off Church Road have been disused and neglected for over two centuries. 

One of the Pound’s stone side walls collapsed earlier this year, promoting councillors from Arlingham Parish Council to take action. 

The parish council previously launched a survey asking for residents for their ideas and views as to how the village landmark could be saved and restored.

In the end, 90 percent of people supported the council’s idea to acquire the site and pursue the restoration of the Pound.

It is also hoped a new wildflower and wildlife area could also be created on an adjacent part of the site.

So far, 56 residents have also volunteered to support the project. 

The Arlingham Pound originally formed part of the former Arlingham Court Estate. 

The site is located close to Arlingham’s Grade I listed 14th century church. 

The word ‘pound’ comes from the old English word ‘pund’, meaning pen or enclosure. 

In medieval times, most villages like Arlingham had a pound.

The most common purpose was to impound stray animals until they were claimed by their owners. 

Gazette Series: The historic Arlingham Pound is due to be restoredThe historic Arlingham Pound is due to be restored (Image: Arlingham Parish Council)

Over time the council also plans to recreate the original 18th century sign setting out fees for the release of livestock from the Pound, place a bench within, and possible horseshoe sculptures of livestock. 

Voluntary work is due to commence in coming months with the main stonemasonry work getting underway in the spring of next year. 

The restoration project has been supported by a £23,000 grant from the Enovert Community Trust, through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Parish Council Chairman David Merrett said: “Our community recognises the Pound’s historical and cultural importance as part of the village’s heritage. 

“Once restored it will also form an interesting and attractive feature on the route of two of Arlingham’s popular circular walks which each take in parts of the village centre, farmland and the Severn Way. 

“This project aims to protect the environment, enhance biodiversity, and maintain the pound as a public amenity for both villagers and visitors to enjoy.

“Our community is very grateful to the Enovert Community Trust for its generous support.”