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HER Number:MDV14144
Name:Legis Tor Warren

Summary

Legis tor warren. A small warren of about 230 acres, bounded on n and w by a rabbit proof wall, and on e by a ruined wall forming common boundary with ditsworthy warren (sx56ne/197). It has no warren house and would probably have been too small to be efficient and economic. Perhaps originally an addition to trowlesworthy (sx56ne/240 and sx56se/198). Its alternative name was new warren, recently used by trowlesworthy and linked to it by a wooden bridge a little below spanish lake, now included in ditsworthy warren. Well provided with buries. Eleven known vermin traps (haynes).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 572 655
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE115
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 438828
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/239
  • Old SAM County Ref: 24128
  • Old SAM County Ref: 24129
  • Old SAM Ref: 22289 (PART)
  • Old SAM Ref: 24127

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Linehan, C. D., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV137243.

See sx56ne/136 and sx56ne/198-200. For vermin traps see: sx56ne/94, sx56ne/95, sx56ne/106/1, sx56ne/110, sx56ne/260-265.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV254587.

Area of warren approx 64ha. Pillow mounds tend to cluster to the south of warren.27 pillow mounds visible at sx56786520, sx57246527, sx57456585, sx56786528, sx57286535, sx57566583, sx56786540, sx57286541, sx57006528, sx56816528, sx57266546, sx57056525, sx56826525, sx57256553, sx57106520, sx56856538, sx57316529, sx56816542, sx57326536, sx56896518, sx57356530, sx56936523, sx57396535, sx56966526, sx57436536, sx56926528, sx57476533 (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV254590.

Aph=raf 58/1110.0038/5 may 1953.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV254593.

Aph=raf/106g/uk/1190 4260(2/2/1946).

DMG, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV68198.

(grid refs for vermin traps may be unreliable. There are therefore possibly more recorded on smr than exist in fact (dmg). ).

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 3131-2 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

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

SX 574653. A group of 37 pillow mounds, some up to 130 feet in length.

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 158-9 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Haynes, r. G. /post-med arch/4(1970)158-9. Legis tor warren. A small warren of about 230 acres, bounded on n and w by a rabbit proof wall, and on e by a ruined wall forming common boundary with ditsworthy warren (sx56ne/197). It has no warren house and would probably have been too small to be efficient and economic. Perhaps originally an addition to trowlesworthy (sx56ne/240 and sx56se/198). Its alternative name was new warren, recently used by trowlesworthy and linked to it by a wooden bridge a little below spanish lake, now included in ditsworthy warren. Well provided with buries. Eleven known vermin traps (haynes).

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Warrens on Dartmoor, Typescript notes and plans (Plymouth City Library) (Un-published). SDV359198.

Legistor Warren, sometimes called New Warren, of 183 acres (Tithe Map 1843). Probably always operated jointly with Trowlesworthy Warren until recent times when it became an adjunct of Ditsworthy Warren to which it was connected by a clam bridge over the Plym.
It seems likely it was the second warren enclosed on this area, hence the name New Warren. There is no Warren House. It is bounded on the S. and E. by the Plym; on the N. and W. by a purpose built rabbit proof wall, much of which is still in good order. On the N., the wall bends to avoid most of a group of longhouses (SX 56 NE 117) but cuts through two of them, making use of the stone. The wall is therefore probably late 14th century or more recent.
The Warren incorporates 48 buries (pillow mounds) including one of the Moor's longest, 84 yards. The lower slopes of Legis are drained by a complex system of ditches, presumably dug by warreners. There are 10 vermin traps and 3 vermin houses.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56NE115 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV254592.

(20/06/1977) The area of moorland known locally as "Legistor Warren" covers about 65 hectares (160 acres (d) rather than Haynes' 183) between 245 and 300m. O.D. Apart from the River Plym it is bounded by a substantial drystone rubble wall, usually 1.8m. wide and 1.2m. high.
It contains forty-nine pillow mounds, most at right angles to the contours, with widely varying lengths ranging from 10.0m. to 78.0m. and widths varying from 3.5m. to 9.0m; the heights are from 0.5m. to 1.2m.
Some of the mounds are revetted; all are ditched and the majority have 'tailed' ditches, (extending beyond the mound at the lower end). A number of pillow mounds are within the prehistoric settlement enclosures fringing the N. side of the Plym. (SX 56 NE 69 & 70).
Vermin traps and the complex of drainage ditches, some of which are 2.0m. wide and over 1.0m. deep, have not been surveyed.
Pillow mounds surveyed at 1:10 000 on M.S.D.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130881, 86-96. (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(22/02/1993)

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

(18/03/2005) Legis Tor Warren remains as described by the Ordnance Survey (1977). The remains of warrening in this area are not limited to pillow mounds, drainage ditches and vermin traps but extend to an attempt to clear areas of clitter and to the construction of several small structures and enclosures.
The attempts at clearance are visible as small stone clearance heaps and the dumping of material on several of the hut circles in the area. Parts of the prehistoric settlements have also been reused in later periods as witnessed by the small structures and crude enclosures recorded with monument 438698.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137243Migrated Record: Linehan, C. D..
SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3131-2.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 158-9.
SDV254587Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV254590Aerial Photograph:
SDV254592Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56NE115. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV254593Aerial Photograph:
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130881, 86-96..
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 139-143, table 3.
SDV359198Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Warrens on Dartmoor. A4 Comb Bound. Typescript notes and plans (Plymouth City Library).
SDV68198Migrated Record: DMG.

Associated Monuments

MDV50631Parent of: Enclosure south-west of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV50621Parent of: Medieval or later enclosure south of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV49779Parent of: Pillow mound 180 metres west of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV49780Parent of: Pillow mound 220 metres south-west of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV49781Parent of: Pillow mound 360m west-south-west of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV49778Parent of: Pillow mound 40 metres east of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV127470Parent of: Pillow mound A within enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127471Parent of: Pillow mound B within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127472Parent of: Pillow mound C within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127473Parent of: Pillow mound D within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127474Parent of: Pillow mound E within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127371Parent of: Pillow mound east of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV127374Parent of: Pillow mound east of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV127375Parent of: Pillow mound east of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV127493Parent of: Pillow mound enclosure south of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV127475Parent of: Pillow mound F within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127476Parent of: Pillow mound G within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127477Parent of: Pillow mound H within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127478Parent of: Pillow mound I within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127479Parent of: Pillow mound J within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127480Parent of: Pillow mound K within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127481Parent of: Pillow mound 'L' within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV127482Parent of: Pillow mound M within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127483Parent of: Pillow mound N within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127372Parent of: Pillow mound north-east of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV127373Parent of: Pillow mound north-east of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV127484Parent of: Pillow mound O within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV50620Parent of: Pillow mound south of prehistoric enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV50625Parent of: Pillow mound south-east of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV29682Parent of: Pillow mound south-west of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV3422Parent of: Possible vermin trap by Legis Lake (Monument)
MDV50681Parent of: Structure on the west edge of enclosure south-west of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV50663Parent of: Structure within enclosure south-west of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV50664Parent of: Structure within enclosure south-west of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3420Parent of: Unlikely vermin trap, Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV14644Parent of: Vermin trap at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV3408Parent of: Vermin trap at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV3421Parent of: Vermin trap at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV3393Parent of: Vermin trap immediately south west of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV49777Parent of: Vermin trap near Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV14645Parent of: Vermin trap north-west of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV14142Related to: Ditsworthy Warren, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV127308Related to: Enclosure containing pillow mounds at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV50626Related to: Enclosure with 10 pillow mounds in Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV3326Related to: Extensive hut circle settlement south-west of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV50623Related to: Medieval or later enclosure in Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV62930Related to: Pillow mound 515 metres east of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV127309Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127310Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127311Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127312Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127313Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127314Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127318Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure in Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127319Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure in Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127320Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure in Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127321Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure in Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127322Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure in Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127323Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure in Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127324Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure in Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127325Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure in Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127326Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure in Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127327Related to: Pillow mound in enclosure in Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV3419Related to: Possible vermin trap in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV14148Related to: Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV3417Related to: Vermin trap at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127315Related to: Vermin trap in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV14641Related to: Vermin trap in enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV3412Related to: Vermin trap in enclosure at Legistor 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:Jul 27 2021 10:54AM