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Clifton, Cumbria

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Clifton, Cumbria

Clifton is a small linear village and civil parish 3 miles south east of Penrith in Cumbria, England.
Post townPENRITH
Administrative CountyCumbria
Traditional CountyWestmorland
OS GridNY5326
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityCumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCumbria
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01768
Population461 (2001)

Clifton, Cumbria in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Clifton, par. and vil. (ry. sta. Clifton and Lowther), Westmorland, near river Lowther, 2½ miles SE. of Penrith, 1782 ac., pop. 393; P.O. C. Hall, the ancient turreted mansion, is now a farmhouse. Clifton Moor was the scene of a skirmish in 1745between Prince Charles Stuart and the Duke of Cumberland.

Clifton, Cumbria in "A Topographical Dictionary of England" edited by Samuel Lewis (1848)

CLIFTON (St. Cuthbert), a parish, in West ward and union, county of Westmorland, 2½ miles (S. E. by S.) from Penrith; containing 288 inhabitants. It derives its name from the situation of the village on a rocky eminence in the vale of the river Lowther, by which the parish is bounded on the north and west. At Clifton Moor, now inclosed, a slight skirmish occurred between the Duke of Cumberland's dragoons and the rear-guard of the Pretender's army on its retreat to Scotland. The parish comprises 1676a. 2r. 39p., of which about 35 acres are woodland; the soil is various, in some parts a dark brown mould on a substratum of gravel, in others a strong red soil resting on clay, and in some parts light and sandy. There is a station of the Lancaster and Carlisle railway, called the Clifton-Moor station. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £8. 3. 4.; net income, £150; patron, the Bishop of Carlisle. The tithes were commuted for land in 1811. The church is a small ancient structure, with a low tower. When excavating for the railway, a Roman altar, in a high state of preservation, was dug up. There is a medicinal spring, the water of which is efficacious in the cure of scorbutic complaints.

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