Thank you so much to everyone!

What a wonderful group of supporters we have – we could hardly believe the rapid response that we have had  with our fund raising efforts, or how quickly we have reached and surpassed our target.

It just goes to show how much Manning’s Pit means to everyone!


Funds Rising Fast

So many people love Manning’s Pit.  It is such a special place,  and although it’s close to Christmas, and money is tight for so many of us, as soon as we announced the need to raise more funds, the money has been coming in in heart warming amounts.

North Devon is not a wealthy place, and so many young people in Pilton and Barnstaple find that a deposit on an affordable house is way beyond their means. They understand the need for housing – but they still support the campaign to Save Manning’s Pit because they know that while people need houses to live in, they also need places like Manning’s Pit to be kept safe, not just for themselves but for their children and grandchildren in the future.

We are already over half way towards the target we need to reach, and we want to thank everyone of you who have so far given towards it.

To put you all in a seasonal mood, here is another Save Manning’s Pit Message. We had one from Africa in the summer, here’s one from the land of ice and fire, Iceland.EPSON MFP image


Call to Action

Donations needed to raise funds for a response to the speculator’s latest submissions!


We know how generous you have all been so far, answering every call for help when it has been needed.

Now it is needed again, urgently. This time we are not baking cakes, or putting on skittles, or doing our usual fund raising events – but simply asking you to give whatever you can to help Save Manning’s Pit.

We need to raise between £700 and £800, quickly, as we are commissioning our consultants to scrutinise the new submissions.

 To find out how to donate, go to our website at this page:

Latest News

Amended plans have been received in connection with the Planning Application for Manning’s Pit, and a new consultation period has been opened, now extending until December 21st 2017 .

You can read these revised plans and submissions on the Council Website at the link below. If, after reading them, you consider that your original objection letters do not need revising, you do not need to take any action. If however you would like to comment on these revised plans, or have any new information you would like to add, please do so!

The Planning Application

Latest on the Planning Application

The speculators who bought Manning’s Pit have submitted extra details regarding the application and there is a new consultation period, which will end on December 21st 2017.

You cam read their submissions, along with the hundreds of letters of objection that have already been sent by our supporters, on the North Devon Council Planning Department website

More about Frederick Richard Lee

As we continue with our Historical researches we are regularly adding details to our website, so here is our latest update on the famous Victorian artist who lived within a quarter of a mile of Manning’s Pit.

This webpage will have more details added to it, so this is just a taster.

We are especially curious  – see the Press Cutting included – about the fact that Lee’s paintings were already on display in the Melbourne Public Library before he arrived there in his yacht Linda in 1873.  As we have had messages of support for our campaign already from Melbourne, we hope to encourage our Australian friends to do some detective work on our behalf. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find that there was a Manning’s Pit painting there in Melbourne!

Here was Sophie sending us a Save Manning’s Pit message from Flinders Street Station in Melbourne earlier this year.


Jill Rossey Green

Jill Rossey Green is a local artist who creates montages – rather like collages – from photographs. She has  been inspired by Manning’s Pit and the surrounding area to produce this beautifully intricate work illustrated here – it is hard to believe that the daisy chain for example is not made from actual daisies!

The montage was on show at our recent Coffee Morning, and was greatly admired. If anyone would be interested in purchasing a print, here are the details:

A2 (23″ x 16.5″) size, signed, professional glossy prints – £35 to include £5 campaign donation.

If you would like to purchase one, please email us at   and we will pass your email on to Jill.   (Please note, this post has been edited as there was an error in the price mentioned earlier)