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Clive or Cliff, Cheshire

Historical Description

Clive or Cliff, a township in Middlewich parish, Cheshire, near the river Weaver, 1 mile from Winsford station on the Cheshire Lines railway, and 2 miles WSW of Middlewich. Post town, Winsford (R.S.O.) Acreage, 482; population, 173. There is a Free Methodist chapel. Clivedon, a mansion in Bucks, on the river Thames, 3½ miles NNE of Maidenhead. It takes name from a picturesque broken ridge, which adorns the Thames, and commands charming views. The original house was built by Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, the favourite of Charles II., and much improved by the Earl of Orkney. This was inhabited for a short time by Frederick Prince of Wales, father of George III. It was accidentally burnt in 1795, rebuilt in 1830 by Sir G. Warrender, sold soon after to the Duke of Sutherland, and burnt again in 1849. The present mansion is after a design by Barry, with a centre in imitation of Inigo Jones' old Somerset House, and presents an appearance at once simple and imposing. It was for many years the seat of the Duke of Westminster, but was purchased in 1893 by Mr Astor, an American millionaire.

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 CountyCheshire 
Civil parishMiddlewich 
Poor Law unionNorthwich 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Cheshire, 1580 is available on the Heraldry page.