Manning’s Pit

Manning’s Pit

Manning’s Pit is an important historical site in Barnstaple, Devon, UK

It is a rare example of a Romano-British site, and has been described by historians as one of the best preserved archaeological sites along the South West coast

Its remains include two large pits, along with a third section filled in over time

Excavations of Manning’s Pit have revealed evidence of Iron and Roman occupation, which date back to 200–100 BC

It also contains finds of coins, jewellery, pottery and human remains, which provide valuable insight into life over two thousand years ago

Today, visitors can walk around the site and view the various artifacts, giving them a sense of history and culture that has survived over the centuries

Manning’s Pit is a fascinating and educational destination for those looking to explore the past


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Address: A field below Lynbro Rd, Barnstaple EX31 1QG and adjoining, Windsor Rd, Barnstaple EX31 4AQ, UK

grahame higgins avatargrahame higgins
2 years ago
This is not correct Lynbro road is adjacent where there is a public footpath to access the field . But be aware some one is playing silly b@@@@@@ and moving it around Google contacted by myself the picture is the true position note the bridge “that be it “
Andy Steele avatarAndy Steele
2 years ago
Fabulous piece of countryside right on our doorstep. Community owned following huge campaign to prevent houses being built, losing the space forever. Happy to be a small part of that massive effort.
Helen Gough avatarHelen Gough
2 years ago
Beautiful area to walk the dog, or just enjoy the outdoors. Bradiford water runs through and is popular on hot days for a dip for both dogs and humans. Cattle graze here, so be prepared for cow pats galore, but they will ignore you if you ignore them. There are footpaths leading to Mannings Pit from Pilton, Bradiford and Blakewell, but aware the Shearford Lane path is steep, narrow and can be muddy and slippery when wet.
Lauren Williams avatarLauren Williams
2 years ago
Such a resource in my doorstep. Enough space for my pooches to go at they're own pace or race around. Absolutely fantastic
Roy Thorne avatarRoy Thorne
3 years ago
Went to see what the fuss was about. Nothing special. Just another field.
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The address for Manning’s Pit we have is: A field below Lynbro Rd, Barnstaple EX31 1QG and adjoining, Windsor Rd, Barnstaple EX31 4AQ, UK. Use the map below for a closer view. Do check with your host for a definite location.

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