Clifton and thornhills

Our rich history

We’re lucky to live in such an amazing area! We have a rich history, are surrounded by greenfields and greenbelt with a strong community spirit. Find out more about our past, present and future

rich history


Place name evidence suggests the village existed before the Norman conquest. The first recorded evidence of Clifton is in the Domesday Book of 1086.

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Local historian Margaret Sharp’s ‘Clifton Village Timeline’ explains Clifton comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Clif’ or ‘Clyff’ (a steep hill) and ‘ton’ (a settlement)

c1200 - 1539

Kirklees Priory

The Cistercian Priory of Kirkless, founded by then Lord of the Manor Reiner le Fleming (before 1240). The nunnery comprised serveral buildings, some of which still survive.

Kirklees Priory was surrended (in 1539) to the Crown as part of King Henry VIII’s Policy of Suppression. The remaining nuns were granted annual pensions and occupied the former Priory guesthouse 

Priory Gatehouse
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Listed in the world's first road atlas

John Ogilby’s ‘Britannia’ was the world’s first road atlas, published in 1675. 

Clifton is shown on the route from York to West Chester

Centuries of farming

13 Farms - 'a way of life for generations'

From Woolrow to Thornhills, Vine Farm to Towngate and on to Deep Lane Farm, farming was the way of life for generations

Clifton Village and Thornhills Hamlet
Clifton is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
This site includes village news and events, together with links to the
Clifton Village Community Association and Clifton Village Neighbourhood Forum