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[From Samuel Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1831.]

CLIFTON, a parish in the hundred Of CLIFTON, county of BEDFORD, 1½ mile (E. by N.) from Shefford, containing 483 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the kings books at 20.2.11., and in the patronage of the Rev. D.J. Olivier. The church, dedicated to All Saints, contains some ancient monumental brasses, and a fine altar-tomb in memory of Sir Michael Fisher, who died lord of the minor in 1549. The river Ivel, lately made navigable, runs through the parish. There is a day and Sunday school, founded and endowed in 1827, by the late rector, the Rev. D. S. Olivier, for eighteen children.

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