Clifford  Herefordshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Clifford like this:

CLIFFORD, a village and a parish in the district of Hay and county of Hereford. The village stands on the river Wye, adjacent to the Hereford and Brecon railway, 2 miles NNE of Hay; and has a post office under Hereford. The parish includes also part of Vowmine township. Acres, 6, 522. Real property, £6, 209. ...

Pop., 895. Houses, 207. A castle was built here by W. Fitzosborne; became the seat of the Cliffords of Ugbrooke; and was the birthplace of Jane de Clifford, "Fair Rosamond, " the favourite of Henry II. The ruin of the castle still surmounts a bold eminence overlooking the Wye; and is ivy-clad and beautiful, but not extensive. A cell of Cluniac monks, subordinate to Lewes priory, was founded here, in the time of Henry I., by one of the Cliffords. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £300.* Patron, W. W. Trumper, Esq. The church is Norman, and has an embattled tower. The vicarage of Hardwick is a separato benefice. Smith's school and alms-houses have £358 a year; and other charities £13.

Clifford through time

Clifford is now part of Herefordshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how Herefordshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Clifford itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Clifford in Herefordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 16th April 2024

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