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HER Number:MDV30102
Name:Vermin Trap south of Rowbrook Farm

Summary

Post Medieval vermin trap associated with pillow mounds to the south of Rowbrook Farm

Location

Grid Reference:SX 682 722
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Dartmeet Parallel Reave System. Earthworks of an extensive area of prehistoric remains including complex field system, numerous hut circles, enclosures and cairns, overlain by medieval remains including Vaghill Warren, farmsteads and a large field syste

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/126/9
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP (XVI to XVIII - 1600 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 981 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Site visited on 15th May 1979. Vermin trap visible on the slope across the stream from Rowbrook Farm. Remains of four walls converge in envelope pattern on two granite slabs laid parallel to form a narrow channel in which the trap was set. No obvious trace of slots in visible part of stones. The trap is very near a rabbit berry/pillow mound.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 123 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Pillow mounds for rabbits were constructed around the head of the Rowbrook and along the east and south flanks of Vag Hill in the 17th century. Vermin traps for stoats and weasles were set below the walls at ground level. Other details: Map 12 & Map 13, Site 13, Figure 13.1.


Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Pillow mounds and vermin traps south of Rowbrook Farm were considered for designation as Scheduled Ancient Monuments in 2004. Other details: Site 47.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 123.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. 981.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6524Related to: Pillow Mound 340 meters south of Rowbrook Farm (Monument)
MDV26481Related to: Pillow Mound south of Rowbrook Farm (Monument)
MDV59505Related to: Pillow Mound south-west of Luckey Tor (Monument)
MDV59506Related to: Pillow Mound south-west of Luckey Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 16 2018 2:09PM