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Clifford, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Clifford, a village and a parish in Herefordshire. The village stands on the river Wye, 3 miles NNE of Hay, and has a station on the Golden Valley railway, and a post office (E.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Hay. The parish includes the ecclesiastical parish of Hardwick, and comprises 6543 acres; population, 783. A castle was built here by William 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 lords of Clifford. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford; gross value, £258. The church is Norman, was restored in 1888.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHerefordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishClifford St. Mary 
Poor Law unionHay 
Registration districtHay1837 - 1934
Registration districtHereford1934 - 1974

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

For births, marriages, and deaths in Clifford from 1837 to 1934 you should search for the Hay Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Clifford from 1934 to 1974 you should search for the Hereford Registration District.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Clifford from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Herefordshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Clifford are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Herefordshire newspapers online:

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtHR3
Post TownHereford