New Mannings Pit exhibition at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon runs until May 20

Childhood's End by Mark ManningChildhood's End by Mark Manning

The Life and Times of Manning's Pit will be revealed in a new exhibition at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.

It features works and literature about the Pilton beauty spot from the 19th century to the present day.

There are a variety of exhibits including Saki (HH Munro) and FR Lee, plus a link through FR Lee's family to Tarka the Otter author Henry Williamson.

More recent work includes Childhood's End by Mark Manning (who once lived very close to Manning's Pit, and used to take his son on down there to play in the stream by the bridge). He is also known as Zodiac Mindwarp (of Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction).

Local people are keen to raise the profile of the spot because they fear it will be lost if developers get permission to build houses there.

The exhibition runs until May 20 and is open daily from 10am-5pm, entry is free.

Meanwhile, a new Wild West inspired video has been produced to tell the tale of The Battle of Mannings Pit. The work by BBC producer Martin Kemp sees two Barnstaple men visit Mannings Pit and recite a poem on the epic battle for control of their childhood playground.