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Major Settlement in the Parish of Clifton

Historical Forms

  • Clifton, Clyfton 1196–1202 P 13 Wyb 1258 Pap 1279 Ass17 1291 Tax 1703 NicVisit


'Farmstead on the cliff', v. clif , tūn , 'so called from two very remarkable cliffs above which it stands' (NB 414); these cliffs overlook the Lowther.