RESIDENTS in Arlingham are celebrating after its ancient village Pound was returned to its former glory. 

The medieval structure - located off Church Road - had been neglected for more than two centuries but has now been restored.

One of the Pound’s stone side walls collapsed last year, prompting councillors from Arlingham Parish Council to take action and acquire the site. 

The project has seen 70 volunteers donate their time, materials and equipment.

Villagers are planning to mark the completion of the restoration with a launch event on Saturday, July 6.

Parish council chair David Merrett said: “The impressive appearance of our 
restored village pound results from the use of traditional methods and re-used stone 
with lime mortar. 

“It is a tribute to the skill of stonemason Bernard Roberts and his team. 

“As a community we are so very grateful to the Enovert Community Trust for its 
significant and generous support together with the assistance of Stroud District 

The Arlingham Pound before and after restoration works  (Image: Marc Freebrey / Arlingham Parish Council)

(Image: Marc Freebrey.)

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. 

Angela Haymonds from the Enovert Community Trust said: “We are delighted to be the 
Major funding partner for this local community heritage project. 

“The result is a restored landmark public structure which will not only be frequented by members of the local community but also serve as a point of interest on two of the ever popular Arlingham Circular Walks.”

Andrew Cummings, Strategic Director of Resources at Stroud District Council said: “This project has overwhelming support by the local community. 

“Using heritage skills it has preserved an important aspect of a sense of place within the rural community, something which residents and visitors alike will enjoy.”

Celebrations on Saturday, July 6 will start at 1pm with a licensed bar, BBQ, children’s games, entertainment and live music.

The pound will be officially opened at 4pm.

All photos by Marc Freebrey.