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HER Number:MDV2464
Name:Vermin trap 800 metres south-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House

Summary

Vermin trap at SX57596419 within an enclosure. Includes two lengths of V-shaped rubble wall, together forming an X-shaped trap. The coursed boulder walls average 1.3 metres wide by 0.5 metres high, whilst the north-south arm is 7.8 metres long and the west-east arm is 8.7 metres long.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 575 641
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/198/30
  • Old SAM Ref: 24233

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP (Early Medieval to XVIII - 1066 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Cook, R. M. L., 1964, Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor, 199, Number 4 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

Trowlesworthy Warren. Site 4. Good condition, walls only, south-west entrance of pound 293 metres south-south-west of Little Trowlesworthy Tor. Dated approximately 1700-1800.


Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 158, figure 49a, number 17 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Trowlesworthy Warren, vermin trap number 17 described as being in the south wall of the south pound, although grid reference SX57706425 given, does not interrupt the pound wall, but lies within it, one wall resting on a hut circle. The pound wall has been breached, and a small wall leading in from this opening to tempt vermin into the trap.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140714, 13/4/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Vermin trap at SX57596419 within an enclosure. Includes two lengths of V-shaped rubble wall, together forming an X-shaped trap. The coursed boulder walls average 1.3 metres wide by 0.5 metres high, whilst the north-south arm is 7.8 metres long and the west-east arm is 8.7 metres long. The trapping area lies at the point of the walls. The position of the trap suggests that it was intended to catch vermin following the enclosure wall. The stone from which the structure was constructed was presumably robbed from the enclosure wall and nearby stone hut circle which the northern arm abuts.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, pg 157, Map 51, Figure 51.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Vermin trap shown in Enclosure E.


National Trust and English Heritage, 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape, 27, 102.073, estimated 1987 (Report - non-specific). SDV166309.

Well-preserved X-shaped funnel walls of vermin trap abutting southern sector of hut circle, Mon.70c. Constructed of coursed boulders.


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

Vermin trap is visible on the aerial photograph.


English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.


Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, 2, number 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

Vermin trap at SX57597 64201. Three strong walls leading into wall of hut circle. (Haynes' number 17, Cook's number 4).

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. pg 157, Map 51, Figure 51.1.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound. 158, figure 49a, number 17.
SDV166309Report - non-specific: National Trust and English Heritage. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 102.130. A4 Comb Bound. 27, 102.073, estimated 1987.
SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 199, Number 4.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140714, 13/4/1995.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #84764 ]
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV358632Report - Assessment: Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C.. 2015. Of Varments and Vermin Traps. A4 Comb Bound. 2, number 2.

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV15290Related to: Prehistoric Hut Circle Settlement at Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV56762Related to: Prehistoric Hut Circle within an Enclosed Settlement in Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV2484Related to: Vermin trap 510 metres west-south-west of Great Trowlesworthy Tor (Monument)
MDV14650Related to: Vermin trap, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV2463Related to: Vermin trap, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon

Date Last Edited:Feb 8 2019 4:00PM