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HER Number:MDV56828
Name:Vermin Trap associated with Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior


Vermin trap associated with Trowlesworthy Warren within an area of Prehistoric settlements


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/198/102
  • Old SAM Ref: 24232

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV137907.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140610 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 2nd April 1995. Vermin trap built across a boundary wall within a partially enclosed hut settlement. Includes 2 lengths of V-shaped rubble wall, together forming an X-shaped trap. The orthostatic walls stand up to 2 courses high and average 0.8 metres wide by 0.3 metres high. The north-west to south-east arm is 12.3 metres long and the north-east to south-west arm is 12 metres long. The position of the trap suggests that it was intended to catch vermin following the enclosure wall.

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

Shadyback Tor has three well preserved vermin traps taking advantage of the ancient banks. Shown as 'V.T.' on Figure 51.3.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 56, 102 151 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Vermin trap at SX56666496 is well defined but denuded with X-shaped funnel walls built across the field wall. Facing stones of coursed walls in each arm. Arms are 12.3 and 12 metres long by 0.8 metres wide and 0.3 metres high.

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

X-shaped feature shown on survey.

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

X-shaped feature visible on aerail photograph.

National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 439294, Sx56Se66 (Website). SDV362732.

Trowlesworthy Warren pillow mounds and associated vermin traps. Around 64 pillow mounds and 40 vermin traps are scattered along the slopes of Little and Great Trowlesworthy Tors. The boundaries of the Medieval warren are denoted by the River Plym, Spanish Lake and Blacka Brook. Originating in the 13th century, Trowlesworthy is probably the oldest surviving warren on Dartmoor and was in use until the mid 20th century.

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.
SDV137907Migrated Record:
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 56, 102 151.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140610.
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).
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 439294, Sx56Se66.

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jul 26 2019 1:12PM