[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003
"LIFTON, a parish in the hundred of Lifton, county Devon, 4 miles N.E. of Launceston, its post town, and 9 N.W. of Tavistock. It is a large agricultural village situated at the confluence of the rivers Lyd and Tamar, near the Bude canal, and is a petty sessions town. There are manganese mines, also a lime quarry. Petty sessions are held on the last Thursday in every month at the Arundel Arms. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, value £491. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient stone structure, with a square tower containing eight bells. The interior of the church contains tombs of the Harrisses of Hayne, and of the Arundell family. Lifton Park, the principal residence, formerly belonged to the Arundell family. There are two schools supported by subscription."
"LID, (or Lyd), a tributary of the river Tamar in the parish of Lifton, rises at Lifton, in county Devon.