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HER Number:MDV3393
Name:Vermin trap immediately south west of Legis Tor


Within Legis Tor Warren. Excellent condition, complete. Vermin 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.


Grid Reference:SX 570 655
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/239/19
  • Old SAM Ref: 24130(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP (Early Medieval to XVIII - 1066 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

HAYNES, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV137758.

Haynes' vermin trap no.1. Complete apart from slate shutters. Although fragments have been found: the only trap known with its iron fitting complete. The cover has 3 holes. Two funnel walls rest against the tor, the other two are free (haynes).

COOK, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV138782.

Legis tor warren. Site 2. Type 1. Excellent condition, complete. Sw of main summit of rocks of tor. Probable date of use 1700-1800.(cook).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232569.

Not visible (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232570.

Cook, r. M. L. /tda/96(1964)198/old vermin traps on sw dartmoor.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232571.

Haynes, r. G. /post-med arch/4(1970)159,fig,47,48,49.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232572.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232573.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232574.

Worth, r. H. /dartmoor/(1981)157-62.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232575.

Linehan, c. D. /med. Arch. /10(1966)141/deserted sites and rabbit-warrens on dartmoor, devon.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130897, 22/2/1993 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Vermin trap 10 metres south-west of Legis Tor. Vermin 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. The trapping area includes, two flat-sided stone slabs laid parallel to each other and 12.7cm apart, covered by a large flat stone into which three small holes have been cut. Worth considers that these holes were used in connection with the tripping apparatus which let down the shutters and sprang the trap. The grooves in which the shutters sat survive as notches cut into the long side stones at the point where the coverstone ends. The walls forming the funnel on either side of the trapping area measure very different lengths. The nw wall is 6.1m long, the ne wall is 8.2m long and is attached to a rock outcrop as is the se wall which measures only 3.66m long. The final wall of the trap measures 6.4m long and like all the others is 0.75m wide by 0.3m high.

Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

One of the best known traps - X-shaped walls cover stone and side walls in position.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137758Migrated Record: HAYNES.
SDV138782Migrated Record: COOK.
SDV232569Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV232570Migrated Record:
SDV232571Migrated Record:
SDV232572Migrated Record:
SDV232573Migrated Record:
SDV232574Migrated Record:
SDV232575Migrated Record:
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130897, 22/2/1993.
SDV358632Report - Assessment: Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C.. 2015. Of Varments and Vermin Traps. A4 Comb Bound. 3.

Associated Monuments

MDV14144Part of: Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV49778Related to: Pillow mound 40 metres east of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV49777Related to: Vermin trap near Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV14645Related to: Vermin trap north-west of Legis Tor (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

Date Last Edited:Jun 26 2015 9:59AM