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HER Number:MDV2474
Name:Vermin trap at Trowlesworthy Warren


Vermin trap within Trowlesworthy Warren, generally accepted as the oldest surviving warren on Dartmoor, potentially with medieval origins. Recorded in 2002 survey. One of two`X'-shaped vermin traps cutting through a prehistoric reave.


Grid Reference:SX 575 647
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SE 66
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/198/32
  • Pastscape: 439294

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Cook, R. M. L., 1964, Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor, 200 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

SX 5762 6480 Trowlesworthy Warren. Site 22. Wall type 1. Poor condition, walls only. In old wall north of little Trowlesworthy 45.7m. North of 14.

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 157 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Haynes' vermin trap no.13. Funnel walls ruinous (haynes).

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

Map reference is incorrect in Haynes. Not recorded in the Aerial Photograph project.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140795 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(Estimated 1996) At SX 5762 6474 and SX 5759 6479. Two vermin traps are built on top of the reave. Both include 2 lengths of V-shaped rubble wall, together forming X-shaped traps. Both are described in detail within the National Trust inventory.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

Recorded in survey; no specific details.

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

Depicted on survey layer.

Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, 2, No. 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

SX 57599 64793. Four good walls littl indistinct. Overgrown near ?trackway through the wall.

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

X-shaped trap visible on the aerial photography.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

One of two`X'-shaped vermin traps cutting through a prehistoric reave.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 157.
SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 200.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140795.
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.
SDV345855Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Survey Information (miscellaneous date). English Heritage. Digital.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV358632Report - Assessment: Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C.. 2015. Of Varments and Vermin Traps. A4 Comb Bound. 2, No. 4.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #124384 ]
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV2545Related to: Boundary bank at Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV14359Related to: Vermin trap at Trowlesworthy Warren (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 3:34PM