"CLIDDESDEN, a parish in the hundred of Basingstoke (upper half), in the county of Hants, 2 miles S.E. of Basingstoke, its post town and railway station, both for the Great Western and South-Western railways. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Winchester, value with the rectory of Farleigh Wallop annexed, £685, in the patronage of the Earl of Portsmouth. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. Leonard. Here is a school for children of both sexes of this parish, and of Farleigh Wallop, endowed in 1656 with £10 per annum by Ann Doddington. This parish is said to have formed part of King Harold's estates. The chief landowner is the Earl of Portsmouth, who is lord of the manor. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]