The original "hundred" comprised: The Parishes of Arlesey; Campton-Cum-Shefford; Chicksands; Clifton; Henlow; Holwell; Meppershall; part of Shillington; Lower Stondon; Little Holwell; Stotfold; Upper Stondon.
The first recorded reference to Clifton is in 944 when it is referred to as Cliftune. Clifton is also mentioned in the Domesday Book. The entry reads:
All Saints Church, built in the 14th and 15th centuries was heavily restored in the nineteenth.
Clifton village is now a popular place to live as a consequence of its good transport links and proximity to the railway station at Arlesey.
Clifton was voted Bedfordshire Village of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2009. It is today largely residential, but in the past it was a centre for straw plaiting. The original All Saints school was a "Straw Plait School" where children were expected to learn to plait straw from as young as four years of age. They would also be taught to read.
There was also once a small factory producing bottled drinks. Harwoods Mineral Water Factory  operated from 1880 until 1947. Harwoods produced Hops Bitters, Cherry Cider, Stone Ginger Beer, Lime Juice and Soda, and Ginger Ale and sold them to the pubs and shops of all the surrounding villages.
Amongst the facilities in Clifton there are a lower school, a butcher, a post office/village store and two public houses, The Golden Lion and The Admiral. There is also an Indian restaurant, garage and petrol station, a hairdresser and a bicycle shop. At the northern edge of the village is Clifton Cricket Club.
There is a duck pond in the middle of the village and a large playing field. A community centre has been built at the northern corner of the playing field. There is a BMX jump in the playing field built by local young people.
English actor Ben Whishaw was born and grew up in Clifton.
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