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HER Number:MDV6549
Name:Headland Warren, North Bovey

Summary

Headland Warren dating from the early 18th to the early 20th century and bounded by at least 14 inscribed boundary stones. The warren included seven isolated enclosures, 37 pillow mounds and at least five vermin traps

Location

Grid Reference:SX 685 810
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
Civil ParishManaton
Civil ParishNorth Bovey
DistrictTeignbridge
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH BOVEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/8

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RABBIT WARREN (XVIII to XX - 1780 AD to 1920 AD (Between))

Full description

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 211 (Monograph). SDV149229.

Headland Warren, of about 590 acres (262ha) was bounded by a high rabbit proof wall to the south, Wallabrook to the west, and the road on the east, and extended northwards level with Birch Tor.


Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 162 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Boundary stones mark the edge of the warren between the Wallabrook and the Widecombe road. The warren is deficient in buries. One has been found in the vicinity of the house, and seven on the slopes below Bennett's Cross. The rabbits were kept in walled enclosures thickly planted with sheltering gorse. Four of these remain in the west of headland, and others are in the vicinity of the Warren House. Two vermin traps have been noted.


National Monuments Record, 1979, SF1508, 15 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346563.


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

Two walled fields are visible and recorded, and one pillow mound is visible at sx69058111.


Williamson, T. + Loveday, R., 1988, Dartmoor Pillow Mounds, 297 (Article in Serial). SDV166308.

It is argued that warrens with such enclosures had no need for pillow mounds which are more common on extensive or open warrens.


Newman , P., 2001, Headland Warren Part 3: The Warren, Figure 2 (Report - Survey). SDV359913.

Headland Warren occupies 246 hectares of land at the head of three River Dart tributaries, Walla Brook, Redwater Brook and the West Webburn. To the west the Walla Brook forms a natural boundary, to the south a drystone wall extends along the Manaton and North Bovey parish boundary to a point close to Firth Bridge. From there a series of inscribed boundary stones delineate the north and north-west sides of the warren. The warren dating from the early 18th to the early 20th century included seven isolated enclosures, 37 pillow mounds and at least five vermin traps.


National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, 1344328, SX68SE/339 (Website). SDV359354.

Headland Warren. A rabbit warren which is first documented in 1797 and operated until the early 1920s. The warren is spread over 248 hectares to the north of the Manaton and North Bovey parish boundary wall and includes Birch Tor and the northern end of Soussons Common. The remains include a series of boundary stones marking the northern and eastern limits of the warren; 34 pillow mounds; six isolated enclosures and five vermin traps. The original Headland Warren house is still occupied as a private residence.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 211.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound. 162.
SDV166308Article in Serial: Williamson, T. + Loveday, R.. 1988. Dartmoor Pillow Mounds. Archaeological Journal. 145. 297.
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.
SDV346563Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. SF1508. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 15.
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 1344328, SX68SE/339.
SDV359913Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2001. Headland Warren Part 3: The Warren. English Heritage Survey Report. A1/20/2001. A4 Comb Bound. Figure 2. [Mapped feature: #97823 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV113586Parent of: Boundary Stone marking the boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV113589Parent of: Boundary Stone marking the boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118777Parent of: Boundary Stone marking the boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118778Parent of: Boundary Stone marking the boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118779Parent of: Boundary Stone marking the boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118780Parent of: Boundary Stone marking the boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118813Parent of: Boundary Stone marking the boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV41465Parent of: Boundary Stone marking the boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV44110Parent of: Boundary Stone marking the boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV60226Parent of: Boundary Stone marking the boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV113588Parent of: Boundary Stone marking the boundary of Headland Warren,North Bovey (Monument)
MDV44111Parent of: Boundary Stone within the southern boundary wall of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118815Parent of: Central of three Boundary Stones marking the eastern boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV14382Parent of: Eastern Vermin Trap at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117582Parent of: Enclosure (a) within Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117587Parent of: Enclosure (b) within Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117589Parent of: Enclosure (c) within Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117590Parent of: Enclosure (d) within Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117596Parent of: Enclosure (e) within Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117593Parent of: Enclosure (f) within Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117591Parent of: Enclosure (g) within Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV93080Parent of: Headland Warren Barn, North Bovey (Building)
MDV14381Parent of: Headland Warren House, North Bovey (Building)
MDV113612Parent of: Northern of three Boundary Stones marking the eastern boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117783Parent of: Pillow Mound at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117784Parent of: Pillow Mound at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117785Parent of: Pillow Mound at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117789Parent of: Pillow Mound at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117791Parent of: Pillow Mound at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118749Parent of: Pillow Mound at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117780Parent of: Pillow Mounds at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117781Parent of: Pillow Mounds at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117782Parent of: Pillow Mounds at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117786Parent of: Pillow Mounds at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117787Parent of: Pillow Mounds at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV117788Parent of: Pillow Mounds at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118750Parent of: Pillow Mounds at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118752Parent of: Pillow Mounds at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV6699Parent of: Pillow Mounds at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118816Parent of: Southern of three Boundary Stones marking the eastern boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV112644Parent of: Vermin Trap 220 metres west of Headland Warren Farm, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV22804Parent of: Vermin Trap at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV78200Parent of: Vermin Trap within Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118817Parent of: Wall marking the southern boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV54585Parent of: Western Vermin Trap in the Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV6619Related to: Bennett's Cross on the western boundary of Headland Warren (Monument)
MDV118933Related to: Medieval Enclosure north-west of Headland Warren Farmstead, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118934Related to: Medieval Enclosures north of Headland Warren Farmstead, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118821Related to: Medieval Enclosures within the Settlement at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118932Related to: Medieval Field Boundaries running south to the Challacombe Wall at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118867Related to: Medieval Field Boundaries to the south of Bennet's Cross at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118869Related to: Medieval Field Boundaries to the south of Birch Tor at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118930Related to: Medieval Field Boundaries to the south of Headland Warren Farmstead, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118929Related to: Medieval Field Boundaries to the south-west of Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118870Related to: Medieval Field Boundaries to the south-west of Vitifer Mine at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118868Related to: Medieval Field Boundary along the northern boundary of Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118935Related to: Medieval Field Boundary to the north-east of Birch Tor at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118862Related to: Medieval Field System to the north of the Settlement at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118865Related to: Medieval Field System to the north-west of the Redwater valley at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118864Related to: Medieval Field System to the south of the Settlement at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118819Related to: Medieval Longhouse within the Settlement at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118820Related to: Medieval Longhouse within the Settlement at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118931Related to: Medieval Lynchet running 250 metres south to the Challacombe Wall at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV118818Related to: Medieval Settlement within Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV20721Related to: The 'New Warren House', Headland Warren (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7139 - Headland Warren Survey (Ref: A1/20/2001)
  • EDV7390 - Archaeological condition survey in Soussons Woods
  • EDV7402 - Archaeological condition survey in Soussons Woods
  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels

Date Last Edited:Sep 24 2018 3:57PM