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HER Number:MDV2498
Name:Vermin Trap on north side of Prehistoric Enclosure (D) at Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior

Summary

Vermin trap built across the northern wall of Prehistoric Enclosure (D) within Trowlesworthy Warren

Location

Grid Reference:SX 574 644
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/198/41
  • Old SAM Ref: 24233(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP (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, 199, number 1 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

Trowlesworthy Warren. Site 1. Wall type 11. Good condition, walls only. North entrance of pound 229 metres south-west of Little Trowlesworthy Tor.


Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, Number 11 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Haynes number 11 (SX5750 6445). Located in the north wall of the north pound, this trap interupts a pound wall. A well-known trap, first described by Spence-Bate in 1871; then thought to be a defended entrance to the pound.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140733, 11/4/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

SX57486445. Vermin trap built across an enclosure wall within a partially enclosed hut settlement. Includes two lengths of V-shaped rubble wall, together forming an X-shaped trap. The orthostatic walls with rubble infill average 0.75 metres wide by 0.7 metres high, whilst the north-west by south-east arm is 16.6 metres long and the north-east by south-west arm is 13.7 metres long. The trapping area lies within a break in the enclosure wall and survives as an area defined by upright stones. The position of the trap suggests that it was intended to catch vermin following the enclosure wall.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 156-8; Map 51.1. (Monograph). SDV137656.

Butler depicts trap.


Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 78, 102.350 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Well-defined X-shaped vermin trap with a gap at the intersection. The walls have been built over the northern sector of the enclosure wall. Walls of large irregular stones with some coursed masonry in the north-west arm and one orthostat in the south-east arm. North-east to south-west arms 13.7 metres long with walls 0.75 metres wide by 0.7 metres high. North-west to south-east arms 16.6 metres long.


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

Trap is visible on the aerial photography.


Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, 3, number 15 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

Assumed to be the same as MDV2463, so no desciption given of this trap.

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. 156-8; Map 51.1..
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 78, 102.350.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound. Number 11.
SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 199, number 1.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140733, 11/4/1995.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #84897 ]
SDV358632Report - Assessment: Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C.. 2015. Of Varments and Vermin Traps. A4 Comb Bound. 3, number 15.

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV15288Related to: Prehistoric Hut Circle Settlement (D) in Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV2499Related to: Vermin Trap on southern boundary of Prehistoric Enclosure (D) at Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:May 3 2019 11:05AM