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Museum Exhibition

Following our research for the Exhibition this April and May at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, our History Page is being revised. It will eventually contain all the new information that we have collated and discovered.


The Exhibition was about the history and cultural connections of Manning's Pit.

We do not know exactly when the field became known as Manning's Pit. 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, but by the beginning of the twentieth century, if not well before, it was called Manning's Pit by locals.

History is an ongoing process and in the short time that we had to prepare the Exhibition we have only scratched the surface, so if anyone can contribute more information we hope they will contact us.


Our first link (click on image below to read more) is to reports and information about the events that took place at the February 1880 By-Election, at which members of the Munro, Hibbert and Manning family (see below) were almost certainly all present.

The Golden Lion Inn
The Golden Lion




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