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HER Number:MDV127308
Name:Enclosure containing pillow mounds at Legistor Warren, Sheepstor

Summary

Enclosure containing seven pillow mounds and four vermin traps. Forms part of Legis Tor Warren. The enclosure includes a 550 metres long by 150 metres wide area defined on the north and west by a 1.4 metres wide and 0.5 metres high bank with an external ditch measuring 1.2 metres wide and 0.7 metres deep. The east and south edges of the enclosure are formed by the River Plym. Despite limited damage as a result of a moorland track passing through the area, this site survives well and provides valuable information concerning various practices associated with rabbit farming. It contains more vermin traps than any other and this may indicate that this area was of particular importance to the warreners.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 575 655
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/239/10
  • Old SAM County Ref: 591
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 22289
  • Old SAM Ref: 22289

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Constructed, Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130890 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(22/02/1993) SX 5760 6544 Enclosure containing seven pillow mounds and four vermin traps. Forms part of Legis Tor Warren.
The enclosure includes a 550m long by 150m wide area defined on the north and west by a 1.4m wide and 0.5m high bank with an external ditch measuring 1.2m wide and 0.7m deep. The east and south edges of the enclosure are formed by the River Plym. The enclosure boundary probably did not prevent the rabbits moving into other areas of the warren, but would have provided protection against some predators. The pillow mounds survive as flat-topped, oblong-shaped mounds of soil and stone surrounded on at least three sides by the ditch from which construction material was quarried. Clearly defined shallow gullies lead from the lower end of many mounds. These have traditionally been interpreted as drainage ditches, but they may also have served as preferred access routes for rabbits and vermin. All of the mounds lie with their long axis across the hillslope.
The 7 pillow mounds and 4 vermin traps are recorded separately; see related records.
Despite limited damage as a result of a moorland track passing through the area, this site survives well and provides valuable information concerning various practices associated with rabbit farming. It contains more vermin traps than any other and this may indicate that this area was of particular importance to the warreners.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

Newman, P. + Probert, S., 2005, Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV363484.

Probert, S. A. J., 2010, A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of Ringmoor, Dartmoor Training Area (Report - Survey). SDV360517.

Newman, P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361636.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130890.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV360517Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2010. A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of Ringmoor, Dartmoor Training Area. A4 Comb Bound. [Mapped feature: #123782 ]
SDV361636Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV62930Parent of: Pillow mound 515 metres east of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV127309Parent of: Pillow mound in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127310Parent of: Pillow mound in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127311Parent of: Pillow mound in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127312Parent of: Pillow mound in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127313Parent of: Pillow mound in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127314Parent of: Pillow mound in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV3419Parent of: Unlikely vermin trap in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127315Parent of: Vermin trap in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV14641Parent of: Vermin trap in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV3412Parent of: Vermin trap in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV3366Related to: Enclosure south-east of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV22772Related to: Enclosure with three huts south-east of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV43601Related to: Hut settlement at Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV14144Related to: Legis Tor Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey: EH Project (Feb 2001 - Dec 2002)
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Jul 30 2021 9:51AM