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Clifton upon Dunsmore
Clifton upon Dunsmore is located in Warwickshire
Clifton upon Dunsmore
Clifton upon Dunsmore
Location within Warwickshire
Population1,304 (2011)
OS grid referenceSP529764
Civil parish
  • Clifton upon Dunsmore
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRUGBY
Postcode districtCV23
Dialling code01788
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°23′N 1°13′W / 52.39°N 1.22°W / 52.39; -1.22Coordinates: 52°23′N 1°13′W / 52.39°N 1.22°W / 52.39; -1.22

Clifton-upon-Dunsmore is a village and civil parish in the Rugby borough of Warwickshire in England on the eastern outskirts of Rugby. The population taken at the 2011 census was 1,304.[1]


Clifton bears the distinction of being the most easterly village in Warwickshire (and of the entire West Midlands region). The village is on a hill, and the Oxford Canal runs past at the foot of the hill. To the north of the village is the River Avon.

Three-quarters of a mile east of Clifton is Dow Bridge, where the A5 road (Watling Street) crosses the River Avon, and the counties of Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire meet. Clifton once had a railway station on the former Rugby to Market Harborough railway line, which opened in 1864. The station was closed in 1953, and the line in 1966.

St Mary's Church


The village has its origins in pre-Roman times as an agricultural settlement. Roman remains have been found in the parish, unsurprising as it is near Tripontium. Clifton is recorded in the Domesday Book as having a church dedicated to St. Mary. That church no longer exists, though the present one (of the same name) dates back to the 13th century.

At the village was once Rugby Racecourse, which is still used annually for point-to-point races. The National Hunt Cup, now part of the Cheltenham Festival, was held nearby in 1862[2]


In the centre of the village are small shops, St Mary's Church (whose registers for which date back to 1594), and the Bull Inn public house, which was originally a farmhouse, and according to a plaque on the entrance it was built in 1598 and became a public house in 1825. There were rooms for travellers and stables for their horses, some evidence of which still survives. There was formerly a second public house, the Red Lion, which was converted to cottages and the Townsend Memorial Hall in the late 19th century.

Part of the North Oxford Canal also travels within the boundaries of the village, the canal opened in 1790 but during the 1800s they cut 14 miles off its length straightening it to what is now the most navigated part of the canal system in the UK. Part of the old route fell subsequently fell into decay, until it was reopened in 2016/2017 by Clifton Wharf where there is a hire fleet based. This successful and award-winning hire fleet Clifton Cruisers has been operating from the site at Clifton Wharf since the early 1970s and now has a cafe & bar, The Canal Lounge at Bridge 66.


The village also has a primary school, Clifton-upon-Dunsmore Church Of England Primary School. Secondary-age pupils attend schools in Rugby.


  1. ^ "CLIFTON UPON DUNSMORE Parish in West Midlands". City Population. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ Stevens, Peter, History of the National Hunt Chase 1860-2010, pp. 15–16. ISBN 978-0-9567250-0-4

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