Memories of The Pound
AN AGM isn't always the most entertaining or riveting occasion in any club or society's calendar. The History Society's annual meeting last Monday, however, proved to be quite lively. Brian Abell, who has served for 17 years as secretary, told the meeting that a new book telling the story of Hatherleigh was planned – the last one was published in 1981. That publication mentioned the proposal to form a history society, which, of course, happened in due course. After the main business of the meeting was complete, Betty Willis, who unbelievably will be 95 in January, told members of her memory of The Pound, in Hatherleigh. New residents might well have wondered why the comparatively new housing development was called Pound Meadow. I always thought it was because the farmer must have sold the field to developers for £1. The Pound, however, was a small building in which stray animals were confined or impounded, until their owners collected them. Because the grazing on the moor was unfenced, it was not unusual for the sheep and cattle to wander down into the town.
The Pound held about four sheep and two or three cows, so if any animal was found in the street, residents would come out of their houses and put the strays in a safe place – The Pound.
Mrs Willis is an amazing lady, with an incredible fund of memories, which sparked an interesting discussion among older residents.
Ask us for a quote for standard C Rated (Window Energy Rating) windows and we will upgrade your order to A Rated for FREE
Terms: Must quote Okehampton People website when arranging survey
Contact: 01837 510303
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013