Manning's Pit


The Manning's Pit Fields


These fields are on the edge of the villages of Pilton, and Bradiford, which are themselves on the edge of the town of Barnstaple, in North Devon. The field that is called Manning's Pit is on the left of the map, and the public footpath to Anchor Mill passes through it from the Lynbro Road entrance. Access from Windsor Road had also been used through a stile for as long as living memory goes back, but was blocked off about two years ago. There is another public footpath down Shearford Lane.
The fields beyond, not included in the map, are also known locally as part of the general Manning's Pit area. They lead to Tutshill Woods. They are in the SSSI and on the flood plain so not threatened by development, for now anyway, but if building is permitted in the fields above they would be badly affected, and all sense of tranquility would be lost..

The photographs below link to locations on the map.

Snowballing

Two boys snowballing in Manning's Pit in 1951
Sledging

Sledging in Manning's Pit 2009
men versus women football game

Women's team for Men versus Women Football match, 1977
Rope swing
 The rope swing above the river

Manning's Pit bridge
The Manning's Pit bridge, from oil sketch by Margaret Reed

Egg rolling
Egg pacing in Manning's Pit, around 1986
Old Stone Bridge
The Old Stone Bridge
Bridge towards Tutshill
The Bridge on the footpath towards Tutshill Woods, just outside area sold, but would be badly impacted by building
close by.

SSSI
The map above shows the area of special Scientific interest (seen from above, looking southwards, so this is the opposite view from the other maps)  The area in red shows the Manning's Pit fields along with the fields that already have planning permission.

map of proposed building in Pilton area
This map (produced by Martin Haddrill) shows the number of sites in the Pilton area that have already had planning permission gratned, or have been purchased by developers looking to gain planning permission.