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HER Number:MDV3420
Name:Unlikely vermin trap, Legis Tor Warren


Recorded by Cook (1964) and Haynes (1970) in this area, this trap has not been seen / confirmed since this time; may have been destroyed.


Grid Reference:SX 578 661
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE337
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1409613
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/240/26

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VERMIN TRAP? (Constructed, XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Cook, R. M. L., 1964, Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor, 199, Site 8 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

Legis Tor warren SX 5783 6611. Site 8. Wall type 1. Poor condition, walls only. North-east boundary of warren. 137m west-north-west of the point where it meets the River Plym. Dates to 1700-1800.

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 159, trap No. 11? (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Legis Tor Warren SX 5785 6610. Haynes' trap No. 11. Built against boundary wall dividing Legis Tor Warren from Ditsworthy Warren. Lightly built and obscure trap, partly buried by wall collapse.

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.

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

(01/04/2005) SX 5675 6565 and SX 5783 6611. The Devon Sites and Monuments Record records two vermin traps in these locations. Neither is visible on the ground. Both sites are near field walls and may have been destroyed in a recent phase of rebuilding.

Ridgers, H. + Ridgers, C., 2015, Of Varments and Vermin Traps, 5, No. 50 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

Trap believed destroyed; no trace could be found.

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. 11?.
SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 199, Site 8. [Mapped feature: #19680 ]
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. 50.

Associated Monuments

MDV14144Part of: Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV14142Related to: Ditsworthy Warren, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7551 - Ditsworthy Warren: An archaeological investigation
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey: EH Project (Feb 2001 - Dec 2002)
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 3 2021 8:37AM