Diggers roll in to transform High Street pound

Patricia Cain marks the beginning of work at the pound.
Patricia Cain marks the beginning of work at the pound.
  • The former animal pound has been taken over by volunteers to transform and tell its own history
  • The plot was once a holding pen for stray cattle and horses
  • It was later used as an air raid warden post, and the site where the Wardens Cricket Club was founded

Diggers have rolled in to begin the transformation of the former animal pound in High Street.

The space was taken over by volunteers in hope of creating a historic space dedicated to the site’s history.

Volunteers, town historians and councillors worked to come up with plans, apply for funding and secure rent for the previously empty space.

After months of planning, initial groundworks began on Wednesday and will take around 10 days to complete.

Patricia Cain, chair of the Kenilworth Civic Society which has taken on much of the project, said she was delighted that work has finally started after months of waiting.

“This is very exciting and we are delighted that groundworks have now started,” she said.

This will be a space for everyone to enjoy and we hope that they will

Patricia Cain

“This will be a space for everyone to enjoy and we hope that they will.”

The site at 39 High Street dates back hundreds of years and was once used as a compound for stray animals.

It is now owned by Warwick District Council and was maintained for many years by former Kenilworth mayor, Jack Bastock and his wife who lived in the house to the side of the plot.

Following their death, the pound went unkept and lay empty until the community project sought to bring its history to life.

The plot - now surrounded by a wall and gate - was once a holding pen for stray cattle and horses, and later an air raid warden post during the Second World War.

It is also the spot where Wardens Cricket Club was founded.

More details on the current project will be available at the Civic Society’s AGM on May 27 in the Senior Citizens Club.