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HER Number:MDV3397
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 578 665
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/88/9

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 8. Excellent condition; complete with back stone, cover displaced. Near corner of old reave 329 meters south of Gutter Tor. Probable date of use 1700-1800. Other details: Plate 5.

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 160 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Probably the same as Haynes' number 4, although map reference is slightly different. Built at junction of three walls, and sited downhill. Trap complete except for the 2-hole cover stone which lies nearby. Trap has a vertical holed stone in the trap wall above the middle of the long side. Excavation revealed remains of the iron fitting, and several slate fragments in the passage. A small piece of clay pipe stem found in the middle entry. The funnel walling is slight.

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 near the corner of a reave 329 metres south of Gutter Tor in excellent condition incliuding a back stone.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound. 160.
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)
MDV25267Related to: FIELD SYSTEM in the Parish of 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:Jun 8 2018 3:50PM