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HER Number:MDV14378
Name:Vermin trap, Vaghill Warren


Well-preserved remains of a vermin trap on the west side of Vag Hill; part of Vaghill Warren. Trap consists of four lines of stone arranged in a X formation meeting at the field wall, where the trap was positioned.


Grid Reference:SX 674 727
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/126/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 164 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Vaghill Warren. Strong vermin trap interrupting ancient field wall. Funnel walls are overgrown.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 123 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Well-preserved example of a vermin trap on the west side of Vag Hill. Four lines of stone about 10.0 meters long are arranged in a X formation meeting at the field wall in order to direct the predator towards the trap. The trap itself consisted of a slab-sided stone box with a trip wire which released stone shutters at both ends simultaneously once the animal was inside. The trap itself is no longer visible but may still be in place beneath the wall. Other details: Map 13.1, Figure 13.1.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Vermin trap clearly visible on 2010 aerial photography of the area.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 03/01/2019. Vermin trap very difficult to locate but is thought to be at SX67427 72744.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound. 164.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 123.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81237 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6523Part of: Vaghill Warren, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)
MDV6030Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)
MDV6487Related to: Hut circle settlement on south Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV27691Related to: Ridge and furrow, south Yartor Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 25 2019 3:54PM