1) The fold where stray animals were kept until payment was made to secure their release.
The spelling variations reflect its association with the verb to pind and with pound meaning enclosure. First noted in an undated thirteenth-century document: ‘taken away on account of the pondfald’, Drax. Later examples include: 1335 ‘which toft lay between le Punfald on the east side and the road’, Sewerby
1473 unius parcellae terrae ... vocatae Pynfald, Ripon
1509-10 pro firma unius horti 8d nuper Pynfolde, Ripon
1522-3 shalle lowse thame oute of the pynde folde, Hudswell
1611 the pindfould, Malham.