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HER Number:MDV56832
Name:Gully within Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior

Summary

A linear gully is visible as an earthwork ditch crossing the south-west facing slopes to the north-west of Trowlesworthy Warren House. The ditch may have been associated with Trowlesworthy Warren and used as an animal run for rabbits or vermin or could simply have functioned as a drain. It could potentially date from the medieval period to 19th century. The earthwork is identifiable on aerial photographs of 1946 and digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2002 onwards.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 566 648
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/198/106

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DRAIN (Early Medieval to XIX - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GULLY (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp2 5142-5143 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

A linear gulley is visible as an earthwork.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140629 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 1st April 1995. This animal run survives as a linear gully and survives as a 60 metre long, 0.6 metre wide and 0.1 metre deep gully with a 1 metre wide and 0.1 metre high bank on its west side.This gully probably represents part of a system of animal runs in which rabbits and vermin could have been trapped.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 62, 102 169 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Ditch at SX56616491 is 60 metres long by 0.6 metres wide by 0.1 metres deep with a bank 1 metre wide by 0.1 metres high on the west side.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 1999-2017, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5664 03-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363087.

A linear gulley is visible as an earthwork.

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

Linear feature listed as a leat on survey data

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

Linear feature visible on aerial photograph.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

A curvilinear ditch circa 1m wide and 60m long is visible on aerial photographs of 1946 and digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2002 onwards crossing the south-west facing slopes to the north-west of Trowlesworthy Warren House. A bank of similar width, presumably formed from spoil from the ditch, is visible on the western, downslope side of the ditch.
The ditch is probably associated with Trowlesworthy Warren. It has previously been interpreted as a possible animal run to trap rabbits or vermin but could simply have functioned as a drain.
The earthworks have possibly been levelled for circa 5m at SX5661564912.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 62, 102 169.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140629.
SDV347529Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Leats Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp2 5142-5143 12-JUL-1946.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
SDV363087Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 1999-2017. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5664 03-MAY-2007. [Mapped feature: #123260 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV127066Related to: Trap or drain within Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV56827Related to: Vermin trap or field boundary ditch within Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon
  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey
  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Dec 9 2019 4:35PM