Cleeve Prior

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Cleeve Prior
Cottages in Cleeve Prior.jpg
Cleeve Prior is located in Worcestershire
Cleeve Prior
Cleeve Prior
Location within Worcestershire
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
List of places
52°08′32″N 1°52′31″W / 52.14236°N 1.875174°W / 52.14236; -1.875174Coordinates: 52°08′32″N 1°52′31″W / 52.14236°N 1.875174°W / 52.14236; -1.875174

Cleeve Prior is a village in the Vale of Evesham Worcestershire, England. It is situated on the cliff (Cleeve) on the Worcestershire/Warwickshire border above the river Avon. There are many picturesque houses made from the local lias stone, including the Kings Arms public house and the 150-year-old school. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew, and has 6 bells which are rung for the parish service each Sunday. The origin of the name was given by W.H. Duignan in 'Worcestershire place names' (1905):

"Cleeve Prior, 5 m. NE. of Evesham. 888 Clife, C.S. 575; D. Clive. Anglo-Saxon 'clif', Middle English 'dive', 'cleeve', a cliff, steep descent; the word is comparative, and in a level country was frequently applied to small eminences, or mere rising ground. Here some of the land projects over the river Avon. It was the property of the Priors of Worcester from remote times."