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Clifton and Compton


Archives and Libraries

The Cricket pavilion was used as a Reading Room starting in 1907 during the winter months.



The Public Cemetery was purchased in 1904 and is just west of the A515 (Sudbury Road) at the south end of the village.



  • The parish was in the Mayfield sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District prior to 1901.
  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District after 1901.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2520
1891 R.G. 12 / 2752

Church History

  • There was an older chapel of ease dedicated to Saint Mary, but this fell into disuse after the Reformation and was taken down in 1750.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
  • The church was built in 1845.
  • The belltower was added in 1868.
  • Chris MORGAN has a photograph of Holy Trinity Church lychgate with the church in the background on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2017.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1845.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ashbourne.
  • The Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1830 in Mayfield Road.
  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built in 1860, also in Mayfield Road.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Mayfield sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District prior to 1901.
  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District after 1901.

Description and Travel

"CLIFTON is a hamlet in the township of CLIFTON and COMPTON, and parish of Ashbourn, about a mile and a half from that town. Formerly a chapel belonging to the establishment was here, but the only place of worship, at present, is a neat meeting-house belonging to the Calvinists. The township contained, at the last census, 839 inhabitants."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

The village is just off the A515 bypass just south of Ashbourne. Hanging Bridge (also Hangingbridge) is a hamlet in the parish.

Rail passenger service ceased here in 1963. David STOWELL has a photograph of the old Clifton Station on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2009.

The Ashbourne and Dove Valley Golf Club was established in 1910.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Clifton and Compton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Military History

Bill BOADEN has a photograph of the War Memorial cross on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.


Military Records

  • Captain W. E. CLIFTON-SMITH of this parish died at the storming of Dargai, India, in 1897.
  • There is a War Memorial outside of Holy Trinity Church. A photograph and names are listed at Derbyshire War Memorials site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Derby county.
  • In December, 1866, this Chapelry was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Clifton Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history questions.
  • Ian CALDERWOOD has a photograph of the Vilalge Hall on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2016. The Hall is named after Rev. Frederick Clifton SMITH. Stop in when they are open and ask to see the schedule of forth-coming events.
  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases were heard at the Ashbourne Petty Session Hearings every Saturday.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Ashbourne Poorlaw Union.


A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built here in 1855 for 89 children.