Clifton, Oxfordshire

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Clifton is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
OS grid referenceSP4831
• London60 mi (97 km) SE
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBanbury
Postcode districtOX15
Dialling code01869
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteDeddington Online
List of places
51°58′59″N 1°17′20″W / 51.983°N 01.289°W / 51.983; -01.289Coordinates: 51°58′59″N 1°17′20″W / 51.983°N 01.289°W / 51.983; -01.289

Clifton is a hamlet by the River Cherwell in Deddington civil parish about 6 miles (10 km) south of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. Clifton is on the B4031 road between Deddington and Croughton, Northamptonshire.


A dependent chapel of Deddington parish church still existed in Clifton in 1523 but seems to have disappeared by the 17th century.[1]

A Methodist chapel was built in Clifton in about 1815.[1] It was a small brick building and has since been demolished.[1] The Methodists replaced it in 1869 with a new brick and stucco chapel[1] with plain lancet windows. It was still in use for worship in the 1950s but was disused by 1983[1] and is now a private house.

A new Church of England chapel of Saint James the Great was completed in 1853.[1] The Diocese of Oxford declared the chapel redundant in and sold it for secular commercial use in 1974.[2]


The Duke of Cumberland's Head

Clifton has a public house, the Duke of Cumberland's Head, which has recently re-opened with a new campsite and travelling caravan park.

The Clifton dog actor Sykes (born c.2004), is owned by a local animal trainer. He has appeared as "Harvey" in Thinkbox marketing commercials, TV serials, and films. His advertisement for John Smith's Brewery saw him play "Tonto" against Peter Kay.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Crossley 1983, pp. 143–159.
  2. ^ Crossley 1983, pp. 81–120.
  3. ^ Sweeney, Mike (9 September 2010). "Dog has its day in Thinkbox campaign for power of TV advertising". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2014.

Sources and further reading[edit]

  • Allbrook, Michael; Forsyth, Robert (2011). A Parish at War; A military record of three Oxfordshire villages; Deddington — Clifton — Hempton. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-870677-04-2.
  • Allbrook, Michael; Forsyth, Robert (2012). A Parish at War; A military record of three Oxfordshire villages; Deddington — Clifton — Hempton; The Supplement. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Ltd.
  • Crossley, Alan (ed.); Baggs, A.P.; Colvin, Christina; Colvin, H.M.; Cooper, Janet; Day, C.J.; Selwyn, Nesta; Tomkinson, A. (1983). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 11: Wootton Hundred (northern part). Victoria County History. pp. 143–159.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)