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HER Number:MDV14375
Name:Vermin trap, Huntingdon Warren


Remains of a vermin trap used to capture weasels and stoats when Huntingdon was worked as a rabbit warren. Apparently destroyed in 1981. 1996 survey records 'ruinous vermin trap on the right (eastern) bank of the River Avon. The trap consists of a stone-lined channel 1.1 metres long, 0.5m wide and 0.2m deep with two stony banks 2.6m long running north and east'.


Grid Reference:SX 655 666
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NE95
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1059618
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/13/3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP (Post Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1540 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 158-160 (Monograph). SDV231148.

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 163 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Vermin trap, Huntingdon Warren. Haynes' trap number 3. A good trap, based on the river; the long side stone is still in position and one short side beside it in trap.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1982, Huntingdon Warren Vermin Trap (Correspondence). SDV229060.

This vermin trap (Haynes number 3) Destroyed sometime between August and 29th December 1981. Stones taken from it to build two 'cairns' either side of it. (Letter to Dartmoor National Park Authority dated 30/12/1981 from an Ivybridge resident) Other details: Number SX66NE133.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(21/02/1996) SX6551566667. A ruinous vermin trap lies on the right bank of the River Avon 300m downstream from Broad Falls. The trap is of the exact type as described by Worth (1953 158-160) and consists of a stone-lined channel 1.1m long, 0.5m wide and 0.2m deep with two stony banks 2.6m long running N and E. The purpose of the latter was to funnel vermin, in this case stoats and weasels, into the channel which would have been covered by stone or wood. Within this small tunnel tripping apparatus would let down shutters to trap the animal.

Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, 6 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

Well-preserved trap (Haynes number 3) at SX6551366670. One long side stone is still in position, other side small stone is in position. Paving floor in situ; three metre long wall on bankside, short wall on river side. Trap located on built up section of the bank to make whole trap level.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 163.
SDV229060Correspondence: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Huntingdon Warren Vermin Trap. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 158-160.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV358632Report - Assessment: Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C.. 2015. Of Varments and Vermin Traps. A4 Comb Bound. 6.

Associated Monuments

MDV5183Part of: Huntingdon Warren (Monument)
MDV14373Related to: Vermin trap at Huntingdon Warren, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV112646Related to: Vermin trap in Huntingdon Warren (Monument)
MDV14374Related to: Vermin trap, Huntingdon Warren (Monument)
MDV14372Related to: Warren House, Huntingdon, Lydford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Dec 20 2021 3:33PM