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HER Number:MDV3390
Name:Vermin trap, Ditsworthy Warren


Vermin trap in Ditsworthy Warren. These traps were used to catch stoats and weasels (the main predators of rabbits) while the warren was in use as a business.


Grid Reference:SX 578 668
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/88/6
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP (Early Medieval to XVIII - 1066 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Cook, R. M. L., 1964, Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor, 198 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

Ditsworthy Warren. Site 1. Type 1 of simple x shape, made by building a short intersecting wall across an earlier mound or hedge. Fair condition, cover and walls left only. South-east of Gutter Tor summit rocks. Probable date of use 1700-1800.

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

Not visible 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Whitbourn, A., 2001, An Archaeological Investigation into features comprising, and associated with, Ditsworthy Warren, 78 (Report - Assessment). SDV360381.

Vermin Trap south-east of Gutter Tor of Type 1 with a short wall across an earlier mound.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 198.
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.
SDV360381Report - Assessment: Whitbourn, A.. 2001. An Archaeological Investigation into features comprising, and associated with, Ditsworthy Warren. A4 Comb Bound. 78.

Associated Monuments

MDV14142Part of: Ditsworthy Warren, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV103555Related to: Fragments of Prehistoric Enclosures at Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122269Related to: Prehistoric Hut Circle within an Enclosure at Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3389Related to: Vermin trap, Ditsworthy Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7551 - Ditsworthy Warren: An archaeological investigation
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area

Date Last Edited:Jun 8 2018 3:34PM