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"CLIFTON, or ROCK-SAVAGE, a township in the parish of RUNCORN, hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER, 2¼ miles (N. N. E.) from Frodsham, containing 26 inhabitants. This place has been called Rock-Savage since the erection of a splendid mansion by Sir John Savage, in 1565. The township comprises only the manorial mansion and its demesne land, now in the possession of the Marquis of Cholmondeley, who enjoys also the title of Earl of Rock-Savage." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Clifton (also known as Rocksavage) was a township in Runcorn ancient parish, Bucklow hundred (SJ 5279), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • In 1936 the civil parish was abolished to become part of Sutton (near Runcorn).
  • It includes the hamlets of Beechwood, Clifton, Palace Fields (south) and Southgate (part).
  • The population was 28 in 1801, 30 in 1851, and 213 in 1901.

For the period after 1936, see Sutton (near Runcorn)


  • Runcorn: All Saints (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Clifton.
  • Halton: St. Mary the Virgin (Church of England). Founded in 1732 as a chapel to Runcorn: All Saints, and the district church for Clifton from 1860.
  • Clifton, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1882, closed in 1975. Registers of baptisms 1936-1969 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

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Civil Registration

  • Runcorn (1837-1936)

Court Records

  • Bucklow (1828-39)
  • Daresbury (1839-67)
  • Runcorn (1867-1936)

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Politics and Government

  • Runcorn Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Runcorn Rural District (1894-1936)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Northwich (1885-1936)