Zodiac Mindwarp and The Love Reaction

Mark Manning

Zodiac Mindwarp, a hard rock group set up by Mark Manning,
had a UK Top 20 hit in May 1987 with Prime Mover. They are still an active band.


Mark Manning (Zodiac Mindwarp) moved to Pilton in the late 90's.
He lived in Windsor Road for a while and then on The Rock.
 In the early 2000's he often took his son down into Manning's Pit to play by the bridge.

Mark is also a writer (he contributes to The Idler Magazine, for example) and visual artist,
 and 40 of his works have been bought bought by Damien Hirst.

Mark Manning has an Exhibition of his Paintings

Although Mark no longer lives in Devon, he still cares about the future of Manning's Pit, and when we had our Exhibition at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, he arranged for one of his paintings, Childhood's End (see below) to be taken from a Gallery where it was being exhibited and brought down to Barnstaple.
We are extremely grateful to Mark for his kindness.

From the moment that we started our campaign we have been inundated with messages of support from people who knew Manning's Pit in previous years but have since moved away - in fact one of the first messages we received (with an offer of financial support) was from Greece. Another was from the Falkland Islands, from someone stationed there, who hopes that if and when she is able to move back to Devon with her children, they too will be able to play in Manning's Pit, as she did when she was a child.

Chilldhood's End by Mark Manning

Childhood's End by Mark Manning