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HER Number:MDV6523
Name:Vaghill Warren, Widecombe in the Moor


A warren of about 520 acres with more than 20 pillow mounds. Referred to in a lease of 1613.


Grid Reference:SX 679 726
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Dartmeet Parallel Reave System. Earthworks of an extensive area of prehistoric remains including complex field system, numerous hut circles, enclosures and cairns, overlain by medieval remains including Vaghill Warren, farmsteads and a large field syste

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/126
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Griffith, F. M., 16/12/1988, DAP/JZ, 3A, 4 (Aerial Photograph). SDV241570.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 2375-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351061.

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424, 4163-4 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 132-3, 139-143 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

Twenty three pillow mounds observed. A lease of 1613 allowed two men to make a warren.

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 163-4 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

A warren of about 520 acres; the 1613 lease defines the area of the warren which lay between the River Dart, Yar Tor, and Corndon Tor. Pillow mounds can be seen adjacent to the warren house, others on the higher western slopes of Eazen Combe and the southern slopes of Vaghill. 25 have been noted. The warren may have had a short life. 3 vermin traps known.

National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX6672/1, 80-84 (Aerial Photograph). SDV244382.

National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX6772/2, 407-417 (Aerial Photograph). SDV315807.

National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX6773/1, 75-79 (Aerial Photograph). SDV285717.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, Vol V, 1017 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980s, SX67SE89, Plan (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV315337.

Pillow mounds scattered over the south and eastern sides of Vaghill. These may have constituted the warrens worked by Eastern Combe

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Pillow mounds are visible on NMR 1977 and RAF 1946 aerial photos at SX68227274, SX68207275, SX68127282, SX68137287, SX68167288, SX67937258, SX67907257, SX67897258 (round), SX67867258 (round), SX67877259 (round), SX67867257, SX67967242, SX67967243 and a probable mound at SX67907251. A further mound can be seen near the warren house at SX68307326 extending from a field boundary and another possible mound at SX68317330. Five pillow mounds and one round mound centred around SX67557236 belong to this warren and four pillow mounds at SX67497264, SX67517270, SX67527272 and SX67457279

Brewer, D. J. L., 1985, Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 295-7 (Article in Serial). SDV356231.

Devon County Council Photographic Unit, 1988, DAP/JW, 11, 12 (Aerial Photograph). SDV214895.

Greeves, T. + Stanbrook, E., Apr 2013, Combestone Farm, Holne, Devon. A History, 24 (Report - non-specific). SDV356154.

The 1613 lease set the limit to which the leaseholders, Richard Reynell and Walter Fursland, were allowed to pursue rabbits on the other side of the Dart from the warren.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound. 163-4.
SDV214895Aerial Photograph: Devon County Council Photographic Unit. 1988. DAP/JW. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 11, 12.
SDV241570Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 16/12/1988. DAP/JZ. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3A, 4.
SDV244382Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX6672/1. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 80-84.
SDV280247Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. 58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4163-4.
SDV285717Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX6773/1. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 75-79.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 132-3, 139-143.
SDV315337Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980s. SX67SE89. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Plan.
SDV315807Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX6772/2. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 407-417.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. Vol V, 1017.
SDV351061Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2375-6.
SDV356154Report - non-specific: Greeves, T. + Stanbrook, E.. Apr 2013. Combestone Farm, Holne, Devon. A History. A4 Comb Bound. 24.
SDV356231Article in Serial: Brewer, D. J. L.. 1985. Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 35.8. Unknown. 295-7.

Associated Monuments

MDV6522Parent of: Combestone Wood building, Vaghill Warren (Monument)
MDV26478Parent of: Pillow mound 1 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125015Parent of: Pillow mound 10 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125014Parent of: Pillow mound 11 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125010Parent of: Pillow mound 12 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125011Parent of: Pillow mound 13 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125009Parent of: Pillow mound 14 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125006Parent of: Pillow mound 15 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125013Parent of: Pillow mound 16 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125012Parent of: Pillow mound 17 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125023Parent of: Pillow mound 18 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125024Parent of: Pillow mound 19 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV16718Parent of: Pillow mound 2 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125025Parent of: Pillow mound 20 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125026Parent of: Pillow mound 21 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125027Parent of: Pillow mound 22 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125028Parent of: Pillow mound 23 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125029Parent of: Pillow mound 24 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125030Parent of: Pillow mound 25 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125021Parent of: Pillow mound 3 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125022Parent of: Pillow mound 4 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125020Parent of: Pillow mound 5 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125018Parent of: Pillow mound 6 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125019Parent of: Pillow mound 7 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125017Parent of: Pillow mound 8 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV125016Parent of: Pillow mound 9 on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV14378Parent of: Vermin trap, Vaghill Warren (Monument)
MDV6421Related to: Eastern Combe deserted settlement north-west of Sharp Tor (Building)
MDV6486Related to: Group of hut circles and enclosures on south Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV6487Related to: Hut circle settlement on south Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV27691Related to: Ridge and furrow, south Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV15620Related to: Rowbrook Farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 29 2019 4:47PM