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HER Number:MDV14629
Name:Vermin trap, Ditsworthy Warren


Vermin trap in Ditsworthy Warren 750 meters north-west of Ditsworthy Warren House.


Grid Reference:SX 578 668
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/88/12
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

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, 160-1 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Ditsworthy Warren; Haynes' vermin trap number 5, located south-east of Gutter Tor. A well-known trap with western funnel walls resting against the tor, the eastern walls free. Cover stone remains and is unique in having a slot cut in one side in the middle, presumably to allow the slate of the middle entrance to rise and fall. It is also the only cover stone to have four holes, in two pairs. Other details: Figure 48.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on the 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Griffiths, D. M., 1996, Ditsworthy Warren (Personal Comment). SDV346274.

This trap may be the same as SX56NE/91 or 92.

Whitbourn, A., 2001, An Archaeological Investigation into features comprising, and associated with, Ditsworthy Warren, 78 (Report - Assessment). SDV360381.

Well known vermin trap to the south-east of Gutter Tor.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound. 160-1.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV346274Personal Comment: Griffiths, D. M.. 1996. Ditsworthy Warren. Unknown.
SDV360381Report - Assessment: Whitbourn, A.. 2001. An Archaeological Investigation into features comprising, and associated with, Ditsworthy Warren. A4 Comb Bound. 78.

Associated Monuments

MDV14142Part of: Ditsworthy Warren, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3391Related to: Gutter Tor Medieval Deserted Settlement, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7551 - Ditsworthy Warren: An archaeological investigation
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area

Date Last Edited:Jun 8 2018 4:03PM