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HER Number:MDV14360
Name:Vermin trap built into prehistoric enclosure at Trowlesworthy Warren


Possible vermin trap built using walls of a prehistoric enclosure at Trowlesworthy. Not recorded in 2002 English Heritage survey but may have been seen in 2015.


Grid Reference:SX 570 643
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/198/52
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/236/11
  • Old SAM County Ref: 280
  • Old SAM Ref: 10820
  • Pastscape: 439294

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WALL? (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • VERMIN TRAP (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Haynes, R. G., Map of Trowlesworthy Warren (Cartographic). SDV165949.

Cook, R. M. L., 1964, Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor, 200 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 158, trap No. 30 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Trowlesworthy Warren (SX 5710 6440). Haynes' vermin trap No.30. Half a mile south of Trowlesworthy House. By use of the junction of two ancient walls, a trap has been contrived by building one slight wall only. Slight facing on other walls.

Mercer, R. J., 1987, An Archaeological Field Survey of the Upper Plym Valley, Dartmoor 1982-1986, 12j, 13 (Report - Survey). SDV165948.

(13) Possible vermin trap using an existing enclosure wall see SX56SE/236/12. Represented by a faced wall, 1 course high, running into enclosure see SX56SE/236. Dimensions of wall: length 3.60m by breadth 1m by height 0.30m.
(12j) Wall comprising a westerly-facing escarpment lined with stone. Dimensions: length 5.80 metres by 1 metre wide by 0.30 metres high.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 156, Map 51, Figure 51.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Linear feature shown on the west side of the three adjoining features along the northern boundary of Enclosure (I)'

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 5, 102, 012j (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

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

No trap shown here by English Heritage; unclear how accurate Haynes and Mercer are in this instance (Richards, A. F., 09/03/2020).

Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, 5, No. 59 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

SX 57074 64364. Very indistinct walls in heavy vegetation outside the wall running south-west from Trowlesworthy enclosures.

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

Linear feature visible on aerial photograph.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 156, Map 51, Figure 51.1.
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 5, 102, 012j.
SDV165948Report - Survey: Mercer, R. J.. 1987. An Archaeological Field Survey of the Upper Plym Valley, Dartmoor 1982-1986. Edinburgh Archaeological Services. A4 Comb Bound. 12j, 13.
SDV165949Cartographic: Haynes, R. G.. Map of Trowlesworthy Warren. Unknown.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 158, trap No. 30.
SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 200.
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. 59. [Mapped feature: #124683 ]
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV2476Related to: Hut circle A within enclosure 'I' in Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV32051Related to: Hut circle C within Enclosure 'I' in Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (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 11:14AM