Manning's Pit  Fact File

What is Manning's Pit?

Manning's Pit is the name given to a field 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 adjoining fields that are part of the Bradiford Valley. 

When 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.

Manning's Pit
Manning's Pit in springtime

Where is Manning's Pit?

Manning's Pit is on the north west side of Pilton, and the field that bears this name is bordered by Windsor Road and Lynbro Road. A footpath runs through it, 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.


Map of Pilton showing Manning;s Pit,
                        present time
Screen shot of Google map of Pilton in the present time, text added to show location of Mannng's Pit, Manning's Pit bridge and the Lynbro Road entrance.
Saki, F R Lee and the Hibberts lived in Bellaire.

Bellaire Pilton in Saki's time
Bellaire, 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

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 quarry - a Pit - at the bottom of the field.

Who was Benjamin Manning?

Go to his page and read all about him