|The parish is bounded on the north and east by the parish of Brougham, on the south by the parish of Lowther, and on the west by Yanwath in the parish of Barton (from which it is separated by the river Lowther)|
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is said to have been so called from two very remarkable cliffs above
which it stands, on the east side of the river Lowther; one, of hard
stone like marble, about half a mile south-west from the church; the
other of a fine free stone, about half a mile west from the church, and
is called Cat-scar, from a number of wild cats frequenting that place
The parish is bounded on the north and east by the parish of Brougham, on the south by the parish of Lowther, and on the west by Yanwath in the parish of Barton (from which it is separated by the river Lowther); and contains about 42 families, 5 whereof are dissenters. [in 1777]
The church is dedicated to St. Cuthbert; or as some say, to St. Nicholas. The parish and manor are commensurate (for it contains but one manor). It is a rectory.
The village of Clifton contains about 25 families; besides which there are about 7 straggling houses at Clifton Dikes. Clifton moor is memorable in history, on account of a skirmish between William duke of Cumberland and the rebels in the year 1745; wherein about 15 were killed on both sides. "
M.I.s for Clifton were transcribed in Monumental Inscriptions of Westmorland by E. Bellasis 1888-89 and are available on Westmorland Papers.
Returns survive for the 'census' of 1787 and are held at the Kendal Record Office of Cumbria Archives Service. The Record Office reference is WQ/SP/C. They are transcribed in Vital Statistics published by Curwen Archives Trust 1992. ISBN 1897590008. There is a transcription on EdenLinks
Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911.
A transcript of the 1841 census of Clifton [HO107/1162] is provided by Virginia Gretton. It includes the following names:
Transcript and index for 1851 has been published by the Cumbria Family History Society and also in 'North Westmorland - An Index to the 1851 Census' compiled by David Lowis and Barbara Slack.
Norman nave. Later additions C16th, C17th and C19th. Some C15th glass. Screen instead of chancel arch.
The details for the parish from the Parson & White's Directory for 1829 are transcribed on Edenlinks site.
Lordship of Roger Lord Clifford 4th, who died possessed of it, as of
other Manors above; otherwise of Note only for the Birth of Christopher
Airay, educated in Queens College, Oxford, where having taken his
Degree of Master of Arts, and entering into Holy Orders, he became
Bachelor of Divinity and Vicar of Milford in Hampshire in or about the
Year 1642. It is said in his Epitaph, that in the Time of the Troubles
he kept |
in the right Path, but we have no Account of his Demeanor then. He wrote some Books, but we find not what, except his Fasciculus Preceptorum Logienlium, (etc?) printed at London, 1660. He died on St. Luke's Day in 1670, and lies buried in the Chancel of his Church of Milford.
The Later Records relating to North Westmorland by John F. Curwen (1932) on British History Online
Clifton is famous as the site of the last battle on English soil, and is described in Clifton Moor - The Battle of on EdenLinks.
Clifton is in the diocese of Carlisle and wills will be in Carlisle Record Office.
updated: February 2015 Dave Huddart