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HER Number:MDV2473
Name:Vermin Trap at Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior


Vermin trap against an historic field boundary north-west of Trowlesworthy Warren House


Grid Reference:SX 564 649
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/198/31
  • Old SAM Ref: 24232

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP (XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 431 (Monograph). SDV320981.

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

Trowlesworthy Warren. Site 6. Wall type 111a. Fair condition, walls only. Between enclosures 293 metres north-west by west of Warren House

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

Vermin Trap Number 27. Trap set against wall; well turfed, but large and easily seen.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not recorded on aerial photograph.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140601. (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 2nd April 1995. Vermin trap situated against an historic field boundary. Includes two lengths of double faced drystone walling forming a V-shaped trap pointing towards a field boundary the position of the trap suggests that it was designed to capture vermin using the field boundary for access to the warren. The trapping area no longer survives above the ground surface, but would have originally been sited at the point where the two lengths of walling converge. The west-south-west arm measures 5.5 metres long by 1 metre wide and 0.5 metres high, whilst the north-north-west arm is 6 metres long by 1 metre wide and 0.6 metres high.

Robertson, J. G., 1994, The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley, 254-6 (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV139549.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 74, 102 258 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Vermin trap at SX56496494 with V-shaped funnel walls set against the west face of a wall. Composed of a turf and stone bank in which a few facing stones area set. The north arm is 7.5 metre long and the south arm is 6 metres long. The walls are 1 metre wide by 0.3 metres high

English Heritage, 2005, Survey Information (miscellaneous date) (Report - Survey). SDV345855.

Feature shown on survey.

Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, 2, No. 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

SX 56500 64934. Good strong wall easily seen. No sign of trap (very close to No. 58).

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Feature visible on aerial photograph.

National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 439294, SX56SE66 (Website). SDV362732.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV139549Post-Graduate Thesis: Robertson, J. G.. 1994. The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley. Edinburgh University. Unknown. 254-6.
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 74, 102 258.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 158.
SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 199.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140601..
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 431.
SDV345855Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Survey Information (miscellaneous date). English Heritage. Digital.
SDV358632Report - Assessment: Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C.. 2015. Of Varments and Vermin Traps. A4 Comb Bound. 2, No. 3.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #121882 ]
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 439294, SX56SE66.

Associated Monuments

MDV70971Part of: Field north-west of Trowlesworthy Warren Farm, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
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 3:32PM