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The area now occupied by the town was originally known as "Livyngston" (or "Levingstoun") and later as Livingston Village. The original village dates back to 12th century when a charter of King David I gave lands to the church of Glasgow between 1136 and 1150. This also included an area east of what is now Old Edinburgh Road, which became known as West Levingston in order to distinguish it from Midlinton (now East Linton). It remained rural until 1810 when industrialisation brought growth, although there were still only 300 inhabitants at that time. In 1855 a railway line came through from Edinburgh which accelerated development further; however this led to problems with drainage due mainly to opencast mining on both sides of the trackbed leading into nearby Broxburn via Polbeth or Kirknewton/Kirkfieldbank areas respectively - see map below for detail: http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.