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HER Number:MDV3392
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 578 667
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/93/1
  • 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 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

Ditsworthy Warren. Site 7. Type 3a, a long straight wall is adapted by the addition of two wing walls on one side, which guide the vermin to the trap running parallel. Good condition. Cover and walls only. Positioned 128 meters south-east of Gutter Tor. Probable date of use 1700-1800.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96.

Associated Monuments

MDV14142Part of: Ditsworthy Warren, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3391Related to: Gutter Tor Medieval Deserted Settlement, Sheepstor (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:Feb 16 2018 1:20PM