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HER Number:MDV24763
Name:Square enclosure, Huntingdon Warren


Square enclosure possibly used to house wooden dog kennels when Huntingdon was worked as a rabbit warren.


Grid Reference:SX 665 670
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of Huntingdon Medieval Warren including pillow mounds, vermin traps and warren house, Bronze Age hut circles, enclosures, and the Huntingdon Barrow as well as old tin workings including Huntingdon Tin Mine, Gibby Beam and Wellabrook Girt

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/226
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (XIX to XX - 1808 AD to 1930 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, NMR SX6666, 6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV151758.

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 310 (Monograph). SDV249702.

As well as constructing the buries, or pillow mounds for the rabbits, Hemery states that new enclosures were built at Huntingdon Warren after the lease was signed in 1809, including the ‘square plats’, as they were known by the warreners. These are located to the right of the track approaching the warren-house. This, the lower of the two, has a wall 6 feet 6 inches high (just over 2.0 meters) and 3 feet (0.9 meters) thick and was the kennel-court, where the dogs were housed in wooden kennels (as at Trowlesworthy and Ditsworthy Warrens).

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

Small rectangular walled enclosure, surrounded by openworks and spoil heaps. Area enclosed measures less than 0.1 hectares.

Griffith, F. M., 1990, QG, 4, 7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV234504.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV151758Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. NMR SX6666. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 6.
SDV234504Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1990. QG. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4, 7.
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 310.
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.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #84814 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5183Part of: Huntingdon Warren (Monument)
MDV24764Related to: Enclosure, Huntingdon Warren (Monument)
MDV14372Related to: Warren House, Huntingdon, Lydford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 29 2013 9:58AM