Livingston Village

West Lothian

Livingston Inn, Old Livingston Village
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Livingston Inn, Old Livingston Village

Located on the north bank of the River Almond, Livingston Village is the ancient heart of the new town of Livingston in West Lothian. The village takes its name from a Flemish noble and adventurer called Baron de Leving, who was granted land here in the early 12th century by King Edgar (c.1074 - 1107). The family built Livingston Peel, a tower house, which became the home of the Murrays of Elibank from 1512 until it was demolished in 1671. Its foundations have been recreated within Peel Park. The Kirk of Livingston dates from 1150, although the present structure was the result of rebuilding in 1732. The 18th-century Livingston Inn was once an important stop on the Glasgow-Edinburgh coach route. To the west is Livingston Mill, also dating from the 18th C., now an attraction within the Almond Valley Heritage Centre. Livingston Village Primary School opened in 2001, while Hanover Court is a 20-home sheltered housing complex on Village Lane.

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