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HER Number:MDV2491
Name:Vermin trap 90 metres west of Great Trowlesworthy Tor

Summary

The vermin trap includes two lengths of drystone wall forming a `V'-shaped trap pointing towards a rock face from which it is separated by a 0.8m wide gap. The position of the trap suggests that the rock face was intended to help encourage the vermin into the trapping area, which was originally sited at the point where the two lengths of walling meet. The rubble walls average 1.3m wide and 0.5m high, whilst the northern arm is 10.5m long and the southern arm is 11m long.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 578 643
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/198/40
  • Old SAM Ref: 24244

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Unknown, MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA (Migrated Record). SDV331.

Vis=24/3/1994 (gerrard) the vermin trap at sx57906433 includes 2 lengths of drystone wall forming a v shaped trap pointing towards a rock face from which it is separated by a 0.8m wide gap. The position of the trap suggests that the rock face was intended to help encourage the vermin into the trapping area, which was originally sited at the point where the 2 lengths of walling meet. The rubble walls average 1.3m wide and 0.5m high, whilst the n arm is 10.5m long and the s arm is 11m long (mpp).


National Trust, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV5615.

Vis=estimated -/-/1987 (national trust) v-shaped funnel walls composed of some large boulders & smaller stones including facing slabs and, in places, coursed masonry (national trust).


COOK, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV138782.

Trowlesworthy warren. Site 31. Wall type 111. Good condition, walls only. Against south west face of w rock pile of great trowlesworthy tor (cook).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV139269.

Other vermin traps on great trowlesworthy tor; sx56se/60,201,202).


Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV139272.

Nar=sx56se66.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV139273.

Cook, r. M. L. /tda/96(1964)201/old vermin traps on south west dartmoor.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV139274.

Des=national trust/the plym valley: management of an historic landscape/(1994)30/102.82.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV139275.

Haynes map of trowlesworthy/in plymouth city museum.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV139277.

Des=national trust/the upper plym valley: management of an historic landscape/(1994)30/102.082.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV139278.

Crossing, w. /guide to dartmoor/(1990)431.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV139279.

Des=mpp/133157.


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

Trowlesworthy Warren. Against Great Trowlesworthy Tor, north outcrop: a good large trap against the mass of the tor, well defined and easily seen. Haynes Vermin Trap No.32.


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

This monument includes a vermin trap situated near the summit of Great Trowlesworthy Tor overlooking the valley of the Blacka Brook.
The vermin trap includes two lengths of drystone wall forming a `V'-shaped trap pointing towards a rock face from which it is separated by a 0.8m wide gap. The position of the trap suggests that the rock face was intended to help encourage the vermin into the trapping area, which was originally sited at the point where the two lengths of walling meet. The rubble walls average 1.3m wide and 0.5m high, whilst the northern arm is 10.5m long and the southern arm is 11m long.
Vermin approaching their quarry tend to seek a route that provides visual cover and the purpose of a trap was to funnel predators along ditches or beside walls to a central point where they could be trapped. This vermin trap forms part of Trowlesworthy Warren, which includes around 64 pillow mounds and 40 vermin traps scattered along the slopes of Little and Great Trowlesworthy Tors. The boundaries of the warren are denoted by the River Plym, Spanish Lake and Blacka Brook. Trowlesworthy Warren is generally accepted as the oldest surviving warren on the Moor. Sometime before 1292 Samson de Traylesworthie was granted land for rabbit farming by Baldwin de Redvers, Earl of Devon. Many years later in 1551, the warren was leased to William Woollcombe. The warren appears to have remained in constant use until the first half of the 20th century. This monument is in the care of the Secretary of State.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV138782Migrated Record: COOK.
SDV139269Migrated Record:
SDV139272Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card:
SDV139273Migrated Record:
SDV139274Migrated Record:
SDV139275Migrated Record:
SDV139277Migrated Record:
SDV139278Migrated Record:
SDV139279Migrated Record:
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound.
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV5615Migrated Record: National Trust.

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV2482Related to: Vermin trap 130 metres west of Great Trowlesworthy Tor (Monument)
MDV2490Related to: Vermin trap at southern base of Great Trowlesworthy Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:May 12 2015 4:11PM