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HER Number:MDV3419
Name:Possible vermin trap in enclosure at Legistor Warren

Summary

One of four vermin traps within an enclosure forming part of Legis Tor Warren. Vermin Trap on the right bank of the River Plym, 200m above Spanish Lake Foot. Survey in 2018 questioned this identification and has indicated this feature may be natural. Same as MDV14641?

Location

Grid Reference:SX 576 654
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/240/25

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP? (Constructed, XVIII - 1701 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Cook, R. M. L., 1964, Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor, 199, site 9 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

Legis Tor Warren. Site 9. Wall type 1. Fair condition. Right bank of the River Plym, 200m above Spanish Lake Foot. 1700-1800 in date.

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 159, Haynes trap No. 8 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Legis Tor Warren Sx 5760 6540; Haynes' trap No. 8. Right bank of the River Plym, above Spanish Lake; built against ancient wall here running beside river. Two lower walls overgrown.

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 used in the project.

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

(22/02/1993) One of four vermin traps within an enclosure forming part of Legis Tor Warren. Vermin Trap 4 includes a V-shaped rubble wall with a narrow 1.5m long and 0.6m wide passage situated at the point. The two arms are both 8m long.

Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, 5, No. 49 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

SX 57649 65454. Lower walls are very overgrown and indistinct - higher walls are also overgrown but still vsiible. No sign of the trap itself.
Thought to be a duplicate of MDV14641.

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.

SX 57631 65459 Two natural upright slabs, mistakenly recorded as a vermin trap.

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, Haynes trap No. 8.
SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 199, site 9. [Mapped feature: #19671 ]
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP130890.
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. 5, No. 49.
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

MDV127308Part of: Enclosure containing pillow mounds at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV14144Related to: Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV14641Related 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:Mar 9 2020 4:03PM