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HER Number:MDV3411
Name:Vermin Trap on the east side of Enclosure in Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior

Summary

Vermin trap on the east side of Enclosure 'D' (Butler) in Trowlesworthy Warren

Location

Grid Reference:SX 566 650
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/240/11
  • 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, 199 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

Trowlesworthy Warren. Site 9. Fair condition, walls only. 55 metres south-west of Shadyback Tor. 1700-1800.


Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 157 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Vermin trap no.7. Between Shadyback and Trowlesworthy Warren House; interrupts an ancient pound wall; well defined but dilapidated.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on aerial photograph.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140633 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 2nd April 1995. Vermin trap built across a boundary wall within a partially enclosed hut settlement. Includes two lengths of V-shaped rubble wall, together forming an X-shaped trap. The walls are composed of rubble and average 1 metre wide by 0.3 metres high. The north to south arm is 17 metres long and the east to west arm is 12 etresm long. The position of the trap suggests that it was intended to catch vermin following the enclosure wall. A 30 metre long, 1 metre wide and 0.3 metre deep gully leads from the north arm of the trap. Waste upcast during its construction forms a 1.5 metre wide and 0.3 metre high bank on the west side of the gully. This is probably an animal run which was constructed to encourage vermin to enter the trap.
(The National Trust Upper Plym Inventory records this feature as an enclosure wall, but field investigation by the Monument Protection Programme Advisor suggests that this is not the case).


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 159, Map 51, Figure 51.3 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Vermin trap shown as 'V.T.' on east side of prehistoric Enclosure 'D'.


Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 67, 102 179 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Vermin trap with funnel walls in X-shape set into the east side of enclosure. The walls curve around the terminals of the enclosure wall. Composed of low stones with visible facing slabs. North arm is superimposed on a low turf bank. Arms of 17 metres and 12 metres with walls 1 metre wide by 0.3 metres high.


English Heritage, 2005, Survey Information (miscellaneous date) (Report - Survey). SDV345855.

Feature visible on survey.


Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

X-shaped feature visible on aerial photograph.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 159, Map 51, Figure 51.3.
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 67, 102 179.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 157.
SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 199.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140633.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345855Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Survey Information (miscellaneous date). English Heritage. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV56834Related to: Pillow Mound within Prehistoric Enclosure in Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV126325Related to: Prehistoric Enclosure 'D' south-west of Shadyback Tor within Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV3413Related to: Vermin Trap on west side of Prehistoric Enclosure in Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Aug 30 2019 2:14PM