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A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
LIFTON, a parish in the hundred of LIFTON,
county of DEVON, 4 miles (E. by N.) from Launceston,
containing 1214 inhabitants. The living is a rectory,
in the archdeaconry of Totness, and diocese of Exeter,
rated in the king's books at £31. 2. 11., and in the patronage
of Harris Arundel, Esq. The church is dedicated
to St. Mary. Two schools are supported by voluntary
contributions: there are mines of manganese in this
parish. The rivers Tonkay and Lyd flow in the vicinity.
Cattle fairs are held on the 2nd of February, on Holy
Thursday, and October 28th. There is a medicinal
spring near Lifton bridge.