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CLIFTON, a township in Eccles parish, Lancashire; on the Bury and Bolton canal, and on the Manchester and Bolton railway, at the junction of the East Lancashire railway, 4½ miles NW of Manchester. It has a station on the railway, called the Clifton Junction. Acres, 820. Real property, £10,516, of which £6,623 are in mines. Pop., 2,140. Houses, 365. Coal is worked. Clifton House is the seat of J. Fletcher, Esq.

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)




Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Clifton was a township in the parish of Eccles.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Clifton was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.

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