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HER Number:MDV56827
Name:Gully within Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior


Gully within Trowlesworthy Warren which may have been used as an animal run for rabbits or vermin


Grid Reference:SX 566 649
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/198/101
  • Old SAM Ref: 24232

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GULLY (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140609 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

At SX56676488 a 130 metre long by 1.2 metre wide and 0.2 metre deep gully lying on the east side of the field boundary leading north from an enclosure. It also passes to the east of a pillow mound before reaching the enclosed fields associated with Trowlesworthy Farm. Material upcast during its construction forms a 1.5 metr wide and 0.2 metre high bank on the west side of the gully. This is site no.102 147 in the National Trust Upper Plym inventory. These gullies probably represent a complex system of animal runs in which rabbits and vermin could have been trapped. In the past, shallow gullies such as these have been seen as drainage ditches. However the location, shape and alignment of many, including these ones, indicates very clearly that they could not all have had a drainage function. Their close association with vermin traps in several instances suggests very strongly that they are much more likely to represent animal runs.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 53, 102 147 + 152 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Ditch 130 metres long by 1.2 metres wide by 0.2 metres deep runs south and flanked by a bank 1.5 metres wide by 0.2 metres high on the west side.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360209.

Feature visible on Lidar data.

English Heritage, 2005, Leats Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV347529.

Visible as a linear feature on leat survey.

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

Slightly curving linear feature visible on aerial photograph.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 53, 102 147 + 152.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140609.
SDV347529Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Leats Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV360209Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #119191 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV56832Related to: Gully within Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Aug 2 2019 3:49PM