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HER Number:MDV54585
Name:Western Vermin Trap in the Headland Warren, North Bovey


Western of two vermin traps in the boundary wall between Headland Warren and Challacombe


Grid Reference:SX 692 804
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Civil ParishNorth Bovey
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/8/6

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP (XVIII to Early 20th Century - 1780 AD to 1920 AD (Between))

Full description

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 147-164 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Two vermin traps on the boundary between Headland Warren and Challacombe. They have two small holes at the foot of the stone box trap or "hutches" built against and at right angles to the Headland Warren side. Each trap is rectangular in plan, with opposing long sides of edge-set granite slabs set in the ground (3 in the western trap and 4 in the eastern trap) with a capstone (2 in the eastern trap). The internal faces of the edge-set slabs have vertical grooves 0.03 metres wide and 0.02 metres deep to take the trap doors. The traps measure 0.66 metres (western) and 0.75 metres (eastern) between grooves and are 0.17 metres (western) and 0.20 metres (eastern) wide. Both are circa 3.3 metres deep.

Pattison, P., 1990, Challacombe (Report - Survey). SDV290295.

Site visited on 17th August 1990. Vermin traps functioned to trap weasels and stoats trying to prey on rabbits in Headland Warren. Haynes recorded these traps as headland 1 and 2 and gives a detailed description of their operation, including a plan of the trap. Surveyed at 1:2500.

Newman, P., 2001, Headland Warren Part 3: The Warren, 9-10, Figure 2, Plates 4-5 (Report - Survey). SDV359913.

One of several vermin traps at Headland Warren. Two are positioned close together on the south boundary wall separating Headland Warren from Challacombe but some distance from any recorded pillow mounds.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 147-164.
SDV290295Report - Survey: Pattison, P.. 1990. Challacombe. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey.
SDV359913Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2001. Headland Warren Part 3: The Warren. English Heritage Survey Report. A1/20/2001. A4 Comb Bound. 9-10, Figure 2, Plates 4-5.

Associated Monuments

MDV6549Part of: Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV14382Related to: Eastern Vermin Trap at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV112644Related to: Vermin Trap 220 metres west of Headland Warren Farm, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV22804Related to: Vermin Trap at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV78200Related to: Vermin Trap within Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7139 - Headland Warren and the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines Survey (Ref: A1/20/2001, A1/34/2002)

Date Last Edited:Jun 30 2020 10:04AM