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HER Number:MDV52591
Name:Trowlesworthy Warren 'Hat Factory', Shaugh Prior

Summary

Site of a 'Hat Factory' at Trowlesworthy Warren Farmstead. The building was used for processing rabbit fur in the 19th century

Location

Grid Reference:SX 567 647
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/198/5

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FACTORY (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Site of an L-shaped group of three adjoining buildings shown on 19th century map to the south-west of 'Trowlesworthy Warren House'.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Only one long narrow rectangular building is shown on early 20th century map


Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 142-3 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Other details: Plan.


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

The site known as "Hat Factory" consists of a single piece of mortared wall opposed by another section opposite. Probably the remains of a building used for processing rabbit fur in the 19C.


Ordnance Survey, 1977, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV320437.

The "Hat Factory" as it was spoken of by R. Giles, consists mainly of 2 mortared walls of a small building. Quite possibly hats were made here from felt made of rabbit fur. Such an industry is said to have been carried on in Plympton St. Maurice until late 18C, and might subsequently, for a time, have continued here. In late years the fur was bought by London dealers.


Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 45, 102-130c (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

'Hat Factory' at SX56726476 was an outhouse 20 metres long by 5 metres wide used by the warrener until 1914, for the manufacture of square bowler hats, some adorned with Trowlesworthy rabbit fur.


Berry, N., 2003, Trowlesworthy Warren Farm: Archaeological Survey and Assessment of the Field Boundaries (Report - Survey). SDV320483.

The walls enclosing this group of buildings is considered to be of medieval origin. Other details: Map Section.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 45, 102-130c.
SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 142-3.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 157.
SDV320437Site Visit: Ordnance Survey. 1977.
SDV320483Report - Survey: Berry, N.. 2003. Trowlesworthy Warren Farm: Archaeological Survey and Assessment of the Field Boundaries. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #119626 ]
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV52596Related to: Potato Garden at Trowlesworthy Warren Farmstead, Shaugh Prior (Park/Garden)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV713 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV714 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV715 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon
  • EDV7438 - Survey of field boundaries at Trowlesworthy Warren Farm
  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape

Date Last Edited:Sep 6 2019 11:34AM