"CLIFTON-UPON-DUNSMORE, a parish in the hundred of Knightlow, in the county of Warwick, 2 miles E. of Rugby, its post town and railway station. It is situated on an eminence S. of the river Avon, close to the Oxford canal. The Rugby and Stamford railway passes through the parish. It includes the township of Newton cum-Biggin and the chapelry of Brownsover. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester, value with the curacy of Brownsover annexed, £119, in the patronage of the Earl of Bradford. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient stone structure in the early English style, with an embattled tower. The register commences in 1540. The charities produce about £50 per annum. This was the birthplace of Carte, the historian, who died here in 1754. The Atherstone hounds meet here."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]