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HER Number:MDV127315
Name:Vermin trap in enclosure at Legistor Warren

Summary

One of four vermin traps within an enclosure forming part of Legis Tor Warren. Trap includes two V-shaped lengths of walling together forming an X-shaped trap with the narrow funnel trapping area situated in the centre of the feature. This structure utilises lengths of prehistoric enclosure walling [MDV3366] in its construction, with only short lengths of new walling being required to form the trap. A length of ditch and bank leading from the rabbit enclosure boundary may have been designed to collect vermin from the hillside above this area.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 575 653
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictSouth Hams
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/239/22

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 159, trap no.9 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Legis Tor Warren. In wall of pound opposite Spanish Lake. Makes clever use of the pound wall, necessitating the building of 2 walls only. Strongly built and in good condition.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on the 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP130890, Trap 2 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(22/02/1993) One of four vermin traps within an enclosure forming part of Legis Tor Warren. Vermin trap 2 includes two V-shaped lengths of walling together forming an X-shaped trap with the narrow funnel trapping area situated in the centre of the feature. This structure utilises lengths of prehistoric enclosure walling [AI: 130876, MDV3366] in its construction, with only short lengths of new walling being required to form the trap. A length of ditch and bank leading from the rabbit enclosure boundary may have been designed to collect vermin from the hillside above this area.

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

Partially visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 159, trap no.9.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP130890, Trap 2.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #123790 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV127308Part of: Enclosure containing pillow mounds at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV3366Related to: Enclosure north of Spanish Lake, Legistor Warren (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
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Jan 21 2020 3:34PM