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Monument Number 443116

Hob Uid: 443116
Location :
Devon
Teignbridge
Widecombe In The Moor
Grid Ref : SX6790072600
Summary : Vag Hill warren comprises twenty five pillow mounds on the south and eastern slope of Vag Hill (centred SX 6800 7280) of these twenty one are linear banks with parallel sides with rounded ends, three are circular and one is an extensive linear bank of 110m length. Three virmin traps are also part of this warren, which dates from the 17th century.
More information : Pillow mounds scattered over the south and eastern sides of Vaghill (area centred at SX 679726 on location plan and air photographs). These may have constituted the warrens worked by Eastern Combe (SX 67 SE 87) and/or Vaghill (SX 67 SE 88). (1-2)

Extending around the eastern and southern sides of Vaghill,
and centred at SX 679726, are twenty two pillow mounds, three
of which are circular. All are ditched, and the conventional
type measure between 7.8m and 28.3m. long are mostly aligned
with the slope, with average widths of 5.8m. and heights of 1.1m.
The circular mounds average 8.0m. in diameter and 0.9m. high.

Linehan refers to two warrens with warrener's houses
on Vaghill (SX 67547241) and at Eastern Combe (SX 68277329)
while Haynes (c) and the local farmer (b) note on Vaghill
Warren and suggest that the warrener's house is that at Eastern
Combe. Whether there were two separate warrens and houses
is unresolved but there is certainly no obvious boundary and
the various groups of pillow moundes (SX 67 SE 74, 87, 88 and 90)
could apply to either warren.

Pillow mounds surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD's. (3)

Twenty five pillow mounds exist on the south and eastern slope of Vag Hill (centred SX 6800 7280) of these twenty one are linear banks with parallel sides with rounded ends, three are circular and one is an extensive linear bank of 110m length. Twelve linear mounds are oriented east to west, four north to south, three northwest to southeast, and three northeast to southwest. Most are ditched and range from 11.6m to 30.5m long with the exception of one 110m long, and 4.5m to 7.3m wide, with the circular mounds ranging from 2.3m to8.8m diameter. Eight are built into enclosure walls.

PM 1 SX 6810 7306 Length 14m x 5.8m x 0.8m high external ditch on three sides.
PM 2 SX 6810 7299 Length 15.5m x 6.5m x 1m high.
PM 3 SX 6813 7286 Length 14.3m x 6.2m x 1.1m high external ditch on three sides.
PM 4 SX 6817 7288 Length 30.5m x 5.4m x 0.9m high external ditch on west side, built into reave.
PM 5 SX 6812 7280 Length 16m x 6.8m x 0.9m high external ditch on three sides.
PM 6 SX 6819 7274 Length 15.3m x 5.6m x 0.6m high external ditch on three sides.
PM 7 SX 6822 7274 Length 15.2m x 4.8m x 1.1m high external ditch on three sides.
PM 8 SX 6818 7257 Circular in shape diameter 7.6m x 0.9m high external ditch surrounds.
PM 9 SX 6807 7260 Length 11.6m x 4.5m x 1.4m high external ditch on north side , built into enclosure wall, adjacent to PM 10.
PM 10 SX 6806 7261 Length 28.2m x 4.8m x 1.1m high external ditch on 2 sides, adjacent to PM 9.
PM11 SX 6793 7258 Length 17.4m x 4.6m x 0.5m high external ditch on north side, built into enclosure wall.
PM 12 SX 6789 7258 Length 22.1m x 7.3m 0.9m high external ditch on three sides.
PM 13 SX 6788 7258 Circular in shape diameter 8.8m x 1m high.
PM 14 SX 6787 7260 Circular in shape diameter 2.3m x 0.6m high external ditch surrounds.
PM 15 SX 6786 7257 Length 17.9m x 5.6m x 0.8m high.
PM 16 SX 6789 7262 Length 11.3m x 4.8m x 0.8m high built against enclosure wall.
PM 17 SX 6788 7263 Length 17.3m x 5.6m x 0.8m high built against enclosure wall.
PM 18 SX 6751 7271 Length 19.2m x 5.6m x 1.4m high.
PM 19 SX 6751 7273 Length 11.3m x 4.8m x 0.8m high.
PM 20 SX 6741 7270 Length 16.2m x 4.7m x 0.8m high.
PM 21 SX 6741 7272 Length 20.7m x 5.4m x 0.5m high external ditch on east side, built into enclosure wall.
PM 22 SX 6744 7265 Length 11.2m x 5.7m x 0.9m high.
PM 23 SX 6743 7279 Length 29.5m x 5.6m x 0.7m high external ditch on south side.
PM 24 SX 6825 7321 Length 26.3m x 5.6m x 0.7m high.
PM 25 SX 6764 7276 Length 110.3m x 5.7m x up to 2m high deep external ditch on southeast side and strengthens a field boundary.
Three vermin traps are associated with the warren. Each comprises a V shape funnel wall built against enclosure walls of between 8.5 and 10m long and 0.4m high. The example at SX 6743 7275 has a funnel on the interior and exterior. At SX 6808 7266 the funnel is on the interior only and at SX 6793 7252 it is on the exterior. According to Haynes(4b) the warren was in existence by AD 1613(4)

Depicted and described by Butler (4a)



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Source Number : 1
Source : Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology
Source details : (C D Linehan)
Page(s) : 132-3
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Vol(s) : 10, 1966
Source Number : 2
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : (RAF 540/483 4163-4 24 April 1951)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NJA 20-MAY-80
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Source Number : 3a
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Inf Mr May farmer Rowbrook
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Source Number : 3b
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : NMR (SF1133 388-90 19.10.76)
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Source Number : 3c
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Typescript Notes and Plans (R J Haynes)Plymouth City Library
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Newman, P 14-MAR-2008 EH Archaeological Field Investigation
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Source Number : 4A
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Butler J 1991 Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Vol 1 The East
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Source Number : 4B
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Haynes R G 1970 'Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrend on Dartmoor' Post Med Archaeol 4, 163
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Pillow Mound, Vermin Trap, Rabbit Warren
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 67 SE 89
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 67 SE 89
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1980-05-20
End Date : 1980-05-20
Associated Activities : ENGLISH HERITAGE: DARTMEET PREMIER ARCHAEOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE(PAL) FIELD INVESTIGATION PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2008-02-04
End Date : 2008-04-30