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HER Number:MDV50631
Name:Enclosure south-west of Legis Tor

Summary

Enclosure containing fifteen pillow mounds and one vermin trap. It includes a 375m long by 300m wide area defined on the north and east by a 1.6m wide and 0.7m high bank with an external ditch measuring 1.2m wide and 0.8m deep. The west and south edges of the enclosure are formed by the Legis Lake and the River Plym respectively. The enclosure boundary probably did not prevent the rabbits moving into other areas of the warren, but would have provided protection against some predators.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 569 653
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/239/17
  • Old SAM Ref: 22289

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1981, Dartmoor, 160 (Monograph). SDV231173.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130885 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

22/02/1993 Enclosure containing fifteen pillow mounds and one vermin trap. It includes a 375m long by 300m wide area defined on the north and east by a 1.6m wide and 0.7m high bank with an external ditch measuring 1.2m wide and 0.8m deep. The west and south edges of the enclosure are formed by the Legis Lake and the River Plym respectively. The enclosure boundary probably did not prevent the rabbits moving into other areas of the warren, but would have provided protection against some predators.
The pillow mounds survive as flat-topped, oblong-shaped mounds of soil and stone surrounded on at least 3 sides by the ditch from which construction material was quarried. Clearly defined shallow gullies lead from the lower end of many mounds. These have traditionally been interpreted as drainage ditches, but they may also have served as preferred access routes for rabbits and vermin. Most of the mounds lie with their long axis across the hillslope.
The 15 pillow mounds surviving within this enclosure are described separately; see related records.

Crossing, W., 1992, Crossing's Dartmoor Worker, 61 (Monograph). SDV351364.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

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 the GIS survey layers.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231173Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1981. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. 160.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130885.
SDV351364Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1992. Crossing's Dartmoor Worker. Crossing's Dartmoor Worker. Paperback Volume. 61.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
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. [Mapped feature: #124143 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV14144Part of: Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127470Related to: Pillow mound A within enclosure at Legistor Warren (Monument)
MDV127471Related to: Pillow mound B within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127472Related to: Pillow mound C within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127473Related to: Pillow mound D within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127474Related to: Pillow mound E within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127475Related to: Pillow mound F within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127476Related to: Pillow mound G within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127477Related to: Pillow mound H within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127478Related to: Pillow mound I within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127479Related to: Pillow mound J within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127480Related to: Pillow mound K within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127481Related to: Pillow mound L within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127482Related to: Pillow mound M within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127483Related to: Pillow mound N within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV127484Related to: Pillow mound O within enclosure at Legis Tor Warren (Monument)
MDV28521Related to: Semi-oval enclosure south-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:Feb 10 2020 1:15PM