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HER Number:MDV14361
Name:Possible vermin trap, Trowlesworthy Warren


Haynes' vermin trap No.37 recorded as 'a weak trap interrupting ancient boundary wall. Very ill-defined' (1970). No trap has been confirmed at this location.


Grid Reference:SX 571 644
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/198/53
  • Pastscape: 439294

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP? (XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 158, trap No.37 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Trowlesworthy Warren (SX 5710 6440). Haynes' vermin trap no.37. A weak trap interrupting ancient boundary wall. Very ill-defined.
NB: Haynes gives this trap exactly the same grid reference at trap 30, although descriptions differ. There appears to be a level of inaccuracy that makes it hard to confirm sites; this is one of those (Richards, A. F., 09/03/2020).

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 31, 102.088 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

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

No traps shown on the survey data for this part of the warren; two are shown 100m and 120m north-eastwards against the wall but it is not clear whether either of these is the trap referred to by Haynes (Richards, A. F., 09/03/2020).

Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, 5, No. 58 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

Authors identify a possible feature at SX 57106 64257; 'stones not too obvious - easily missed'.
NB: not sure if this is Haynes' trap 37 (Richards, A. F., 09/03/2020).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 31, 102.088.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 158, trap No.37. [Mapped feature: #5756 ]
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. 58.

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: 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 11:30AM