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HER Number:MDV3404
Name:Vermin trap 730 metres east-north-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House

Summary

Vermin trap includes two lengths of drystone wall forming a V-shaped trap pointing towards the leat. The position of the trap suggests that it was designed to capture vermin using the leat for access into the warren. The trapping area no longer survives above the ground surface but would have originally been sited at the point where the two lengths of walling meet. The drystone walls average 0.8 metres wide and 0.5 metres high, whilst the west arm is 12 metres long and the east arm is 4.5 metres long.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 574 650
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SE 66
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/240/3
  • Old SAM Ref: 24237

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, 200 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

Trowlesworthy Warren. Site 24. Wall type 3a. Fair condition, walls only. Right bank of leat 238 metres south-west of Spanish Lake Foot.


Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 158 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Probably Haynes' vermin trap number 20. Massively built walls in extensive clitter.


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

Not visible 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140331, 16/3/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Vermin trap at SX57456505, vermin trap includes two lengths of drystone wall forming a V-shaped trap pointing towards the leat. The position of the trap suggests that it was designed to capture vermin using the leat for access into the warren. The trapping area no longer survives above the ground surface but would have originally been sited at the point where the two lengths of walling meet. The drystone walls average 0.8 metres wide and 0.5 metres high, whilst the west arm is 12 metres long and the east arm is 4.5 metres long.


Pye, A., 1992, Archaeological Watching Brief on the ECC Lee Moor works leat corridoor in the Upper Plym Valley, 8 (Report - Watching Brief). SDV165953.


National Trust and English Heritage, 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape, Page 101, number 102.414 + 415 (Report - non-specific). SDV166309.

V-shaped funnel walls of a vermin trap set against and pointing towards the north side of Lee Moor China Clay Works Leat (MDV24933). The narrow drystone walls are carefully constructed with stones of various sizes lining the outside edges of both arms. The trapping area no longer survives above the ground surface but would originally have been sited where the two walls meet. The width of both walls increases towards north ends. Dimensions: Length of eastern arm 7.50 metres; length of western arm 14.5 metres by 0.5 metres wide and 0.5 metres high.
Short fragment of wall runs past north-east end of vermin trap from leat to south-east. Composed of large boulders.


Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

Depicted on map.


English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

This monument includes a vermin trap adjacent to the Lee Moor China Clay Works leat and lying on a gentle north west facing slope overlooking the River Plym.
The vermin trap includes two lengths of drystone wall forming a `V'-shaped trap pointing towards the leat. The position of the trap suggests that it was designed to capture vermin using the leat for access into the warren. The trapping area no longer survives above the ground surface but would have originally been sited at the point where the two lengths of walling meet. The drystone walls average 0.8m wide by 0.5m high, whilst the western arm is 12m long and the eastern arm is 4.5m long. Vermin approaching their quarry tend to seek a route that provides visual cover and the purpose of a trap was to funnel predators along ditches or beside walls to a central point where they could be trapped.


Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, page 4, site 34 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

SX57455 65061. V-shaped walls large stones in clitter one wall 5 metres long, other 4 metres. No visible trap.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165953Report - Watching Brief: Pye, A.. 1992. Archaeological Watching Brief on the ECC Lee Moor works leat corridoor in the Upper Plym Valley. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 92.60. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 8.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound. 158.
SDV166309Report - non-specific: National Trust and English Heritage. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 102.130. A4 Comb Bound. Page 101, number 102.414 + 415.
SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 200.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140331, 16/3/1995.
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.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. [Mapped feature: #88178 ]
SDV358632Report - Assessment: Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C.. 2015. Of Varments and Vermin Traps. A4 Comb Bound. page 4, site 34.

Associated Monuments

MDV55276Related to: Animal run 830 metres north-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House (Monument)
MDV14148Related to: Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV28522Related to: Unenclosed hut circle settlement 760 metres north-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House (Monument)
MDV3405Related to: Vermin trap 700 metres east-north-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Dec 15 2015 3:45PM