The Battle of Manning's Pit

A poem by Brian Norman, about an event that happened when he was a boy,
 in the mid to late 1940's


Here is the tale of Mannings Pit

One of blood and guts and grit
When, some years ago one August night
Two Pilton boys put up a fight.

What happened is now history

But very true, take it from me
While they were catching
sticklebacks,
Twenty pairs of eyes were in their backs
The Bradiford gang were out in force

Hiding behind the fern and gorse

The gang had crept up unawares

Both lads shrugged and said "Who cares?".

The leader of the mob then said
"Put back those fish"
reply "Drop dead".

This really made the gang quite mad

And for the pair it did look bad.
Now, both lads armed with bow and arrow
From fifty yards could hit a sparrow.

That dynamic duo, strong and wiry,

One from Rock and one from Priory,
Gave a shout, a battle scream,
And on a wave they left the stream.
This was it, attack, attack,

Straight into the vicious pack.

The gang were taken by surprise
For there in front their very eyes
Two Pilton boys now in full flight

Surrounded them, one left, one right.

In panic they began to yield
The chase was on across the field

The duo now in hot pursuit,
Picked up the trail of scattered loot.
Eggs of buzzard, rooks and wrens
And all their other odds and ends.

The gang were soon to know their fate.

They ran so hard
they missed the gate.

That vicious gang from Bradiford

Were crying "Help, please help us Lord"
.When up against the hedge they came
They shot right through it like a flame.

Two horses grazing near a linney

Both let out a frightened whinney.
It gave those horses quite a fright.
Both were brown but one turned white.

Now at the scene remains a stone.

And on it says "They fought alone".
Two Pilton boys of guts and grit
Who won the battle of MANNINGs PIT.

Brian Norman