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HER Number:MDV3422
Name:Possible vermin trap by Legis Lake


Recorded by Cook (1964) and Haynes (1970) in this area, this trap was not found during English Heritage surveys in 2005 / 2018; may have been destroyed. Apparently recorded by Ridgers and Ridges (2015); 'Consists of grassy covered X-shaped walls. No cover stone visible'.


Grid Reference:SX 567 656
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/240/28

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, 198, number 3 (Article in Serial). SDV230549.

Legis Tor Warren SX5675 6565. Site 3. Type 1. Fair, walls only. Legis Lake, 137 metres south-west of north-west entrance in warren wall. 1700-1800 in date.

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 159, Haynes number 5 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

Legis Tor Warren. SX 5670 6560. Haynes' vermin trap number 5. In Legis Lake gurt, north; makes use of tinner's heaps and bank of gurt.

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

Possibly the same as SX56NE/264 (old record MDV14643). Not visible on 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, number 52 (Report - Assessment). SDV358632.

Vermin trap at SX56762 65640. Grassy covered X-shaped walls. No cover stone visible. Duplicate record with MDV14643 (record now deleted).

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 number 5.
SDV230549Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1964. Old vermin traps on south-west Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 198, number 3.
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, number 52. [Mapped feature: #19695 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV14144Part of: Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV3421Related to: Vermin trap at Legis Tor Warren (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:Aug 3 2021 8:39AM