Where is Manning's Pit and how can you find
The map above (source-
openstreetmap) shows the Pilton
and Bradiford area to the North West of
Pit (red on the map) is on the edge of Pilton and
Bradiford, and the field that bears this name is
bordered by Windsor Road and Lynbro Road. The main
entrance is from Lynbro Road.
A footpath runs down from Lynbro Road to the
Manning's Pit bridge, and across Clothesline
Meadow, the field beyond, to Anchor Mill.
This footpath was used in Victorian times by those
who worked or had business at the Mill.
If you are coming from further away, you can
approach Manning's Pit from several directions,
for example up Chaddiford, Bellaire and Northfield
Lanes if you are coming from the Braunton
direction, or down Westaway Plain and Northfield
Lane if coming from North Devon Hospital. To
get to Lynbro Road from Northfield Lane, you turn
into the aptly named Manning's Way. You can find
Lynbro Road on Google Maps, and the nearest
postcode to the entrance is EX31 1QG.
The short footpath that goes down to the field
from the left end of Lynbro Road ends at a kissing
gate which is the entrance to Manning's Pit.
The map below links to a map
the location in more detail:
Map of Pilton showing Lynbro Road and
This map (below) shows the area of land that is
with more details about it.
|Map showing the land
that was purchased by the speculators who wish
to gain Planning Permission for building on
Manning's Pit. Click for link to
larger map and information about the way
Manning's Pit has been used over the years by
the local community.
Finally, a couple of maps showing the Manning's Pit
area in Historical Times
showing where Saki, Lee, the Hibberts and
Benjamin Manning lived, also Turner's uncle
and Sarah Hibbert's last home, where Henry
Wiliamson visited her.
(OpenStreetMap used as source)
Pilton, in Saki's time, the red cross shows
Broadgate Villa where Saki lived, (the
Broadgate Estate where F R Lee and the
Hibberts lived is coloured brown. )
The blue arrow points to Manning's Pit
Bridge. The Map comes from the Pilton Story
What exactly is
Pit is the name given to the field shown below, at
the edge of Pilton, a village that is now joined
to Barnstaple in North Devon. The name is also
used to describe the area made up of Manning's Pit
and the adjoining fields that are part of the
the Pilton Estate was sold in 1849, the field we
now know as Manning's Pit was a part of a larger
field, or collection of fields, called
Northfields, or North Field, but by the beginning
of the twentieth century, if not well before, it
was called Manning's Pit by locals. These fields
have been loved by generations of local people,
and they are part of what Saki's sister, Ethel
Munro, called "the countryside we
loved." They are also a haven for
wildlife, including otters, kingfishers, dormice
and Horseshoe bats, as the Ecological
report that we commissioned makes clear.
Why is it called Manning's Pit?
It seems virtually
certain that the field became known as Manning's
Pit for two reasons. The first is its
association with Benjamin Manning and his family
business (they leased it) the second the fact
that there was a hollow - described as a Pit -
at the bottom of the field.
Who was Benjamin Manning?