Clifford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Herefordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Vowmine.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1690
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1662

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Clifford

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

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.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Clifford, 9 miles S.S.W. Kington. P. 892

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

VOWMINE, a township in Dorstone and Clifford parishes, Hereford; 4¼ miles E of Hay. Pop., 97.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Vowmine, included in Clifford, and Dorstone.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Vowmine, a township, partly in the parish of Clifford, hundred of Huntington, and partly in the parish of Dorstone, hundred of Webtree, union of Hay, county of Hereford, 4 miles (E. by S.) from Hay; containing 97 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

Parish Records

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Probate and Court Records

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  • County: Herefordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Hay
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Weobley
  • Poor Law Union: Hay
  • Hundred: Huntington
  • Province: Canterbury