Clifton Reynes

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Clifton Reynes
Clifton Reynes is located in Buckinghamshire
Clifton Reynes
Clifton Reynes
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population178 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP903513
Civil parish
  • Clifton Reynes
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOLNEY
Postcode districtMK46
Dialling code01234
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°09′07″N 0°40′55″W / 52.152°N 0.682°W / 52.152; -0.682Coordinates: 52°09′07″N 0°40′55″W / 52.152°N 0.682°W / 52.152; -0.682

Clifton Reynes is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.[2] It is about a mile east of Olney. It shares a joint parish council with Newton Blossomville.


It is bounded, on the North, by the River Great Ouse, by which this parish is separated from Lavendon and Cold Brayfield; on the East, by Newton-Blossomville; on the South, by Petsoe and Emberton; and on the West, by the latter and by Olney.[2]

Origin of name[edit]

The village name comes in two parts: the former name 'Clifton' is Anglo Saxon in origin and means 'Cliff farm', referring to the village's position on a cliff on a bank of the River Ouse. The latter name 'Reynes' refers to the ancient lords of the manor of the village, whose family name this was. In the Domesday Book on 1086 Clifton Reynes was recorded as Cliftone.

Buildings of note[edit]

St Mary's Church, Clifton Reynes

The parish church dedicated to St Mary is (unusually for a Buckinghamshire church) completely castellated: even the gables are embattled. The tower is thought to be Norman; however, the top is later probably 14th century. The majority of the building is of the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries and the nave is unusually tall. Features of interest include the 14th-century font and the medieval monuments of the Reynes family. These include two pairs of wooden effigies; one pair is of Ralph and Amabel de Reynes (ca. 1320–30) and the other is unidentified and slightly earlier.[3]


  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 3 February 2013
  2. ^ a b Clifton Reynes Office for National Statistics
  3. ^ Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 126

External links[edit]

Media related to Clifton Reynes at Wikimedia Commons