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The local area guide to living in Lifton

Lifton is a small village on the western border of Devon, South West England. It lays beside the main western artery road - the A30 - and as such is a popular destination for tourists and visitors.

Lifton was originally founded by the Saxons, as a point of military importance on the border with Cornwall. The first written record was in the will of King Alfred, in the 9th century, as Liwtune.

In later centuries, Lifton became a royal manor and part of an administrative hundred (a former type of governing division) until it was sold by Queen Elizabeth I into private hands in the late 16th century. Since then, its economy was long supported by agriculture and mining, although both (especially mining) have now declined. Still, the dairy company Ambrosia have used Lifton as their base since the first world war and is a major employer in the area.

Nestled in the valley of the River Lyd, it is an attractive, classically English rural village. There's plenty to see and do, with beautiful trails and walks in the surrounding countryside. Lifton's convenient location, friendly atmosphere and selection of excellent pubs and restaurants make it very popular for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle.

Information about the local residents

Lifton has a small population, around 1,200 according to the latest census. However, this is a significant rise from the 617 recorded in the 2001 census. The village is relatively well-off when compared to the rest of the country. Lifton, and the surrounding area, has a very low rate of unemployment at 1.5% - less than half that of England.

What's more, Lifton has a higher proportion of citizens belonging to the AB social group - meaning there are more households classified as working in Higher administrative, managerial or professional job roles. 75% own their own home.

As expected for a small rural village, the average age is higher than elsewhere at 45, and a third of the population are over 65. Despite this, the locals report their health as generally 'very good' or 'good'.

Nearby schools

Lifton has its own friendly community primary school, which is well supported by the locals. It has a good reputation and aims to instill a love of learning in children, and a sense of belonging in the community. Its Ofsted reports have been consistently good.

West Devon as a whole is full of excellent schools, and with Launceston just down the road, parents living in Lifton will have no shortage of choices for their children. The proximity to the A30 only helps this.

Getting around

For drivers, Lifton is very well placed. Launceston is just 5 miles away to the west along the A30. In the other direction, Okehampton is only a 20-minute drive away on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Lifton is also served by a good bus service that reaches both in good time. Plymouth is a manageable distance away down the A386 and A388 - less than thirty miles along either.

By train, Lifton is less well endowed. Launceston Railway Station was closed in the 1960s, so for public transport links around the country, the residents of Lifton are best off getting a bus to Exeter and travelling from there.

Local shops

Lifton is well served by conveniences and is particularly known for the quality of Lifton Farm Shop, which offers fantastic local produce.

For more, Launceston is close and has a wide range of independent specialty shops and craft stores in the centre of the town. Plus, the business parks surrounding the town have some excellent larger shops which offer great value. Nearby, Okehampton also has a great selection and a few more big high street brands than Launceston.

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