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

Summary

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.

Location

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

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE282
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/239/19
  • Old SAM Ref: 24130(P)
  • Pastscape: 1325839

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP (Constructed, Post Medieval to XVIII - 1540 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Cook, R. M. L., 1964, Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor, 198 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

Legis Tor Warren. Site 2. Type 1. Excellent condition, complete. South-west of main summit of rocks of tor. Probable date of use 1700-1800.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 141 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 159, fig, 47, 48, 49. (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

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.

Worth, R. H., 1981, Dartmoor, 157-62 (Monograph). SDV231173.

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

Not visible on photographs used in project.

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.

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

(09/02/2005) SX 57096554. An almost complete vermin trap adjoining the south rock pile of Legis Tor. The trap consists of a complete set of in situ trap stones minus the mechanism. It is fed by two well-preserved V-shaped funnels 7m long.

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.

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.

Depicted on survey layer.

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, fig, 47, 48, 49..
SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 198.
SDV231173Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1981. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. 157-62.
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.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 141.
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.
SDV358632Report - Assessment: Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C.. 2015. Of Varments and Vermin Traps. A4 Comb Bound. 3.
SDV361636Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound.

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
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:May 5 2020 3:21PM