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HER Number:MDV14359
Name:Vermin trap at Trowlesworthy Warren


Vermin trap within Trowlesworthy Warren, generally accepted as the oldest surviving warren on Dartmoor, potentially with medieval origins. Recorded in 2002 survey. One of two`X'-shaped vermin traps cutting through a prehistoric reave.


Grid Reference:SX 576 647
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SE 66
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/198/51
  • Old SAM Ref: 28654(P)
  • Pastscape: 439294

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP (Constructed, Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 157 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

SX 5770 6470 Trowlesworthy Warren. Haynes' vermin trap no.12. Interrupts ancient wall running north from Little Trowlesworthy Tor (see SX56SE/91). Later cart track has broken through field wall.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140795 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(Estimated 1996) At SX 5762 6474 and SX 5759 6479. Two vermin traps are built on top of the reave. Both include 2 lengths of V-shaped rubble wall, together forming X-shaped traps. Both are described in detail within the National Trust inventory.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 91-2, 102.380 and 38191-2, 102.380 and 381 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

Included in survey. No individual description.

English Heritage, 2005, Survey Information (miscellaneous date) (Report - Survey). SDV345855.

Depicted on survey layer (from 2002 visit).

Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, 5, No. 56 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

SX 57623 64726. Even the trap walls are broken where the ?cart track has broken up the stones.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 91-2, 102.380 and 38191-2, 102.380 and 381.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 157.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140795.
SDV345855Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Survey Information (miscellaneous date). English Heritage. Digital.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV358632Report - Assessment: Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C.. 2015. Of Varments and Vermin Traps. A4 Comb Bound. 5, No. 56.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #124389 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV2545Related to: Boundary bank at Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV2474Related to: Vermin trap at Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon
  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 9 2020 12:05PM