AboutLifton is an attractive village set in a corner of West Devon with a wealth of history and interest. It is in the valley of the river Lyd, about a mile from where it meets with the river Tamar and four miles East of Launceston. Lifton was one of the earliest villages to be founded in West Devon by the Saxons, and was of considerable military importance, being within a mile of the Tamar and the Cornish frontier.
If you're planning a holiday, this beautiful village has a little something for everyone with quality assessed accommodation, restaurants, post office and village hall, public houses and a regular bus service and more.
The Western Greyhound 510 bus service runs through Lifton and starts at Launceston and continues to Exeter. It gives you the chance to visit Launceston which is full of history and independent shops or perhaps visit Exeter and see what the capital city of Devon has to offer.
The church (St. Mary) in Lifton, is a 15th century building, badly restored in 1871. There are some traces of 14th century work and there is a magnificent late 12th century font.
In the 10th century the village gave its name to the ‘Lifton Hundred’, an administrative division of the county of Devon which encompassed many neighbouring villages: this remained in existence until the 19th century.
The manor of Lifton was a royal manor, eventually passing into private hands. Notable owners have been the Harris’s of Hayne (with a large memorial in the parish church), the Arundells and the Bradshaws, each family leaving their own distinctive mark on the village and the surrounding area.
This village which is full of history and close to amenities is a great place to stop and visit with all the family.
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- Village shop