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"LIFTON is a considerable village, pleasantly situated in the valley of the river Lyd, about a mile from its confluence with the Tamar, 4 miles E. of Launceston, and 15 miles W.S.W. of Okehampton, on the mail road. Its parish contains 784 inhabitants, and 5982 acres of land, including about 600 acres of plantation; the hamlets of Tinney, High Cookworthy, Beara, and West Week, and many scattered houses. . . . The manor of Lifton . . . was sold, with 4580 acres, in September, 1845, by W.A.H. Arundell, Esq., to the trustees of the late R.H. Bradshaw, Esq., for Henry Blagrove, Esq, but to be let in trust till he attains the age of 36 years, or till 1856. Mr. Blagrove married Mr. Arundell's eldest daughter, and has a handsome seat here, called Lifton Park, and sometimes Castle Park. . . . The Rev. W. Rayer, Sir W. Molesworth, the Rev. C.T.C. Luxmore, and many smaller proprietors, have estates in the parish, which contains limestone, lead ore, manganese, &c., An argentiferous lead mine has lately been opened at Gatherley, and is likely to be profitable. The Church (St. Mary,) is a large antique fabric, with a lofty tower, containing eight bells, and crowned by a crocketted spire. " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
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A parish in Lifton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.
Kirsop, Joseph. The life of Thomas Truscott: missionary to Sierra Leone. London: Andrew Crombie [1890?] 165, p: port.
Duncan Honey. St. Mary's Church, Lifton: history (2nd ed.) (1978) 12p. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/LIF/HON]
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1650-1837, Burials 1723-1837 - for details see their book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).
Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Lifton. RT57, Dartmoor Press (2000).
Lifton Parish Registers, 1653-1812. Typescript (n.d.) [Westcountry Studies Library - x929.3/LIF/1653]
The Deanery of Tavistock, CD008, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Bradstone - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Brentor - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1834, Burials 1801-1845; Bridestowe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Broadwoodwidger - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1813-1837; Coryton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1806-1860; Dunterton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1752-1837; Kelly - Baptisms 1813-1842, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Lamerton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1844, Burials 1812-1838; Lewtrenchard - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1840; Lifton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1650-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Lydford - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1780-1841; Maryystow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1792-1837; Milton Abbot - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Princetown - Baptisms 1813-1839, Burials 1815-1853; Sourton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1723-1837, Burials 1814-1838; Stowford - Baptisms 1811-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Sydenham Damerel - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1750-1837; Tavistock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Thrushelton - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Virginstow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1813-1839.]
Register of Freeholders - Lifton, Northtawton & Plympton c1816, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D131). [Foreword]
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Diana Perry, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: 1841 census; bapt 1813-51; marr. 1813-37; burials 1813-73.)
General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Lifton from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.
Alexander, J.J. The Beginnings of Lifton. Trans. Dev. Assoc. 63 (1931) pp349-358.
Reichel, Oswald J. The "Domesday" Hundreds: The Hundred of Listone. Trans. Dev. Assoc 28 (1896) pp. 464-493. [Listone Hundred encompassed what became Lifton and Tavistock Hundreds.] [Index]
Reichel, O J. Hundred of Lifton in the time of Testa de Nevil, 1243. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 46 (1914). [Index]
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Lifton, Devon. Typescript (1963) 13 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]
1641 Protestation Returns for the Hundred of Lifton, provided by Neil Stanton.
Wills of Thomas Brown (1829) and John Brown (1841) transcribed by Trevor Brown.Find help, report problems, and contribute information.
Last updated: 17 Jul 2015 - Brian Randell
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