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HER Number:MDV3407
Name:Vermin trap on River Plym, Trowlesworthy Warren

Summary

Consists of X-shaped wall on left bank of Plym hidden in tinners workings. Very indistinct and easily missed.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 570 651
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/240/5
  • Old SAM Ref: 24232

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP (XVII to XVIII - 1700 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Cook, R. M. L., 1964, Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor, 200 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

Trowlesworthy Warren. Site 12. Good condition, walls only. Left bank of River Plym 430 metres north-east of Shadyback Tor. Dates 1700-1800.


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

Haynes' vermin trap no.31. Described as an ill-defined trap among tinner's waste heaps and resting against a ruinous and indistinct tinner's wall.


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 140678, 3/4/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

SX57116513. Vermin trap built across the end of a boundary wall lying within an area of alluvial tin streamwork earthworks. Includes a length of rubble wall, built across an existing boundary wall together forming an X-shaped trap. The wall is double faced with a rubble infill and averages 0.9 metres wide by 0.5 metres high. The length of wall to the north of the field boundary measures 6 metres long, whilst that to the south is 4 metres long and the field boundary is 1.4 metres wide and 0.5 metres high. The position of the trap suggests that it was intended to catch vermin coming up from the river and following the boundary wall. The stone from which the structure was constructed was presumably robbed from the boundary wall or taken from the streamwork earthworks on which it is built.


National Trust and English Heritage, 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape, Page 72, number 102.194 (Report - non-specific). SDV166309.

Funnel walls of a vermin trap of an irregular plan. Superimposed on tin streaming heaps at northern end of wall (MDV25265). It is not clear where the trap mechanism was situated. A V-shaped funnel seems to adjoin south side of a tin streaming heap which also appears to have been faced. A second funnel may be represented by the gap between the wall, and another face of a tin streaming heap set to the north. Cook suggests that the trap is one of his type III, ie. a V-shaped funnel abutted against a bank. The plan is further confused by rubble at the intersection of walls. All elements are composed of mainly small stones, including some facings. Dimensions of south-west funnel: length of both arms 6.50 metres by 0.75 metres wide by 0.30 metres high.


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

Depicted on the map.


Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, 4, SITE 37 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

SX57102 65160. X-shaped wall on left bank of Plym hidden in tinners workings. Very indistinct and easily missed.

Sources / Further Reading

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 72, number 102.194.
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 140678, 3/4/1995.
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. [Mapped feature: #88195 ]
SDV358632Report - Assessment: Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C.. 2015. Of Varments and Vermin Traps. A4 Comb Bound. 4, SITE 37.

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV25265Related to: Bank at Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV14623Related to: Vermin trap adjacent to bank, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Dec 18 2015 10:56AM