Pinfold Planning Application

A planning application seeking consent to excavate and restore the Whiston Village Pinfold was submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council on 01 July 2015 under reference SMD/2015/0431. The Planning Authority has set a target date of 26 August 2015 to make a decision. If you want to view the detail of the application then follow the link to […]

Have you looked at your deeds recently?

If you live in an old property in Whiston and have access to your deeds you might be able to contribute valuable information.  Val & Steve at Ivy Cottage at the bottom of Black Lane have already found a plan in their deeds showing the pinfold even though they are at the other end of the village.  It […]

Historical Context

HISTORICAL CONTEXT The pinfold’s primary purpose, when first built, was to secure stray animals, until an owner came forward to claim them.  A fine was usually payable. More recently, at the beginning of the 20th Century, pinfolds in the Staffordshire Moorlands were sometimes used as cattle gathering points, prior to animals being walked to market.  […]

Project Justification & Initiation

PROJECT JUSTIFICATION & INITIATION A village pinfold has been known to exist at the junction of Ashbourne Road (A52) and Black Lane on the north side of Whiston Village since the mid-19th Century, but unfortunately it was filled in before living memory and now only appears as a grassy mound. Visible stone wall remnants suggest […]

Good News on Exploratory Excavation

The exploratory excavation took place in the presence of the SCC Highways Engineer, David Wymer, on 22 June 2015.  The remains of a drystone retaining wall parallel to Black Lane were found.  The copping stones appear to be absent but the rest of the wall appears present.  After conducting his examination, the SCC Highways Engineer […]