The Dartmoor Village of National Historical Importance

This Lydford Website for Residents and Visitors
was in operation at www.lydford.co.uk
during 1999 to 2017.
It is now at www.palmer.associates.co.uk/lydford/ .
The WebMaster is stiill me, Derek W Palmer.



The Location of Lydford
on a
Map of Devon
  Information on
Period Dramas
Cinema, TV & DVD

The Village of Lydford

lies in the western part of the County of Devonshire, in beautiful countryside ideal for walks and relaxation, within the Dartmoor National Park. It is on the former stage-coach road between the towns of Okehampton (about 12 km to the north) and Tavistock (about 9 km to the south).

The Location of Lydford
close to the A30 Trunk Road
in West Devon

Scalable Aerial Picture of Lydford
via the Multimap Web-Site

News from Devon County Council



The Church and Castle
can be seen
near the left of the picture.

Lydford Church
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Lydford Castle
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Lydford Gorge
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The historical importance of Lydford is that it is the exact site of an Anglo-Saxon town ("Hlidan") set up in about 890 AD by Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, as one of his strategic, militarised centres to defend his country from the Vikings, who were making frequent violent raids from Denmark, and also from the Cornish, on the other side of the nearby River Tamar.   In the subsequent Anglo-Saxon period, Lydford became an important coin-minting town, producing the famous Lydford Silver Pennies.   The present village still retains the road-ways of Saxon Lydford. Of particular interest are the Anglo-Saxon defensive earth-work wall, the very fine St.Petrock's Church, the Norman Castle and the deep and beautiful Lydford Gorge of the River Lyd. The massive and spectacular granite viaduct in Lydford of the former Exeter-Plymouth railway line is also very worth seeing. Including its associated nearby homes and farms, Lydford has a present population of several hundreds. "The Book of Lydford - An Ancient Saxon Borough" compiled by Barbara Weeks (Halsgrove Publishers, 2004: ISBN 1 84114 332 4) contains very much interesting information about the historic and modern Lydford, including many photographs.


Local Information
(Official, Medical, Travel, Utilities,
Local Government Councils etc)

Clubs, Societies & Groups

Lydford Church
Location & History of the Church

Church of England Information
about Lydford Church
News & Events
Arranging Weddings & Baptisms

The Northmoor Team Ministry
covering Lydford Church

Lydford Primary School

Lydford Parish Council
Council Home Page    
Minutes of Meetings
Agenda of Next Meeting

Guide to Information held by the Council

Police-Contact Telephone Numbers
Community-Beat Officer
(PCSO Chapple):   01-822-813-832
Central Command:   0845-2-777-444
Emergencies:   999

Genealogy of Lydford,
from the GENUKI Genealogy
of the UK and Ireland

Devon County Counc

West Devon Borough Council

OkehamptonTown Council

Tavistock Town Council

Essential Information for
Local Food Producers & Suppliers



How to reach Lydford
by Car or by Bus

What to See in Lydford
Information & Pictures

Lydford Church
Lydford Castle
Lydford Gorge & Its Events

Information about the Nearby Towns:
Okehampton     Tavistock

Beautiful Dartmoor
Some of the Very Fine Scenery
The "Visit Dartmoor" website.
Military-Firing Calendar

(or freephone 08-004-584-868)

And, Do Not Forget
Other Places to Visit
Easily Accessible from Lydford

Books, Leaflets, Articles:
Lydford   Dartmoor   Devon

Tourism Information
for South West England

On Line Maps of
Towns and Localities

The Ilfracombe-Plymouth Cycle Route
Map of that Cycle Route
Descriptive Details of that Cycle Route

Web-Sites of Major Towns & Cities
Okehampton     Tavistock
Exmouth     Torbay
Exeter     Plymouth

Other Villages and Small Towns
in Devon
Gulworthy     Others     More General

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without being tracked & targeted
by using www.duckduckgo.com .


Lydford AD 870-1066,
as an Anglo-Saxon Town
and Silver-Penny-Minting Centre

Lydford Penny Lydford Penny
An Anglo-Saxon Lydford Silver Penny
Enlarged View

of the Lydford Mint-Masters

Lydford Pennies
in the Stockholm Coin Museum

The Viking Attack
on Lydford in AD 997
The Plaque on a Stone Pillar in Lydford that 
       Commemmorates the Viking Attack in AD997
as described in
'The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle')

Books and Articles
about the Anglo-Saxons

The Devon Archaeological Society

Mr Antony Michell's 1940s
boyhood in Lydford

Commemoration on 25 March 2008
for Capt Nigel Hunter (MC & Bar)
who died in action in the First World War

General Information

Telephone Number Search & Codes

Railway Timetables & Heritage Rail

News from the BBC

News from Channel 4 TV

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