Liss lies near the A3 road on the main Portsmouth to London route, and on the London, Guilford, Portsmouth rail track. The entire parish is within East Hampshire's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This small picturesque Victorian railway village has been mentioned through history but has only recently begun to grow in size and popularity.

Liss manor is mentioned in the Doomsday Book in 1086 and was part of the Abbey of St. Mary's at Winchester, the village is also mentioned as the resting-place for pilgrims between Winchester and Canterbury. At one time Liss manor was know as Liss Abbess. The Abbess and nuns of Winchester owned the land until 1538 and the dissolution of the monasteries where it passed into the hands of the crown. Liss remained crown property until c. 1610. Later owners included the Cole, Fitzpatrick, Taylor and Hawkshaw families.

Liss was primarily an agricultural village but became popular locally during the 19th century for the production of peppermint. The Money family grew, distilled and sold the mint at fourpence a pint.

Reproduced from the Liss Collection

The Temple Inn, Forest Road, Liss Forest c.1910

Its oldest house is the Temple Inn at Liss Forest and another local pub, the Spread Eagle, is associated with the Knight's Templar.

Outside the Spread Eagle pub is the Old Stocks Tree (Plestor Oak).

Another local place of interest is Woolmer Forest, a medieval hunting forest.

Old Stocks Tree, West Liss

St. Peters Church
St. Mary's Church, East Liss, is late Victorian being built 1891/2 by Sir A. Blomfield and St. Peters Church at West Liss was built in the 13th Century. St. Peters churchyard also contains a 1000yr old Yew tree.

Photo by Alf Clark

The Parish Church of St. Mary, Liss



A Liss tradition concerns the ceremony of beating the bounds of the parish. A small boy was traditionally put in the oven of the Flying Bull Inn, as the parish boundary was believed to pass through the kitchen of the inn.

The small community of Liss began to grow slightly because of the railway that was built in 1859. In 1933 a military link was added which again caused an increase in population, but after the military line closed in 1969 Liss remained unchanged until recent developments.

Longmoor Military Railway

George 2nd L.  (the little one!)

Longmoor Camp

Longmoor Military Railway, Closedown 1969.

Longmoor Military Railway closed down on 31 October 1969.  On hearing of its impending closure local locomotive preservation groups became very interested in acquiring this small but complete rail system, very quickly a bid was placed to purchase LMR (along with the airstrip at Gypsy Hollow which would have enabled the production of a unique transport museum).

The MOD rejected this proposal, which had been backed by the Association of Railway Preservation Societies and The Transport Trust.  However the Army did offer the last 1½ miles of line from Liss Forest Road to Liss.  The offer was accepted, a provisional lease was drawn up and planning permission was sought for developments at Liss.

Unfortunately the people of Liss did not share this enthusiasm and opposed the planning permission.  Several residents raised £9,100 in a successful bid to buy this last piece of line, thus ensuring that trains would not run here again!

So ended the story of the Longmoor Military Railway which had its origins in 1903.

Longmoor Railway

The Old School. Now the Triangle Community Centre, Liss.

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Remembrance Day

Small up-market estates and extra shops have created a younger look to the village today. But local people are trying hard to remember its humble past and councils are working to conserve its flora and fauna. Riverside nature trails and other projects are appreciated by all. Parish members continue to support its British Legion, the WRVS are still strong, and the Triangle Community Centre is well attended. Despite its recent growth Liss remains a strong community.

Coronation Day June 1953



My Family's Connection to Liss
  • I was born at Portsmouth in 1970 and lived for a number of years in and around Liss Village.
  • My mother, Elizabeth Marina Dypevåg (nee Smith), was born at The Grange, Liss in 1948. She married my father at St. Mary's Parish Church in 1968.
  • My father was stationed at Longmoor Camp while in the RCT/RE, 8 Railway Squadron.   My mother worked at the camp as a Clerical Assistant, and her mother worked there as a Bat Woman.
  • My grandmother, Elizabeth Beatrice Smith (nee Herbert) moved to Liss at a fairly early age, she met her husband Philip there and has worked for the community and individuals in Liss ever since.
  • My late grandfather, Philip Albery Smith boasts an ancestry that can be continually traced in Liss back to at least the mid 1700's.


Pictures by: G.M. Greaves, Donald C. Eades, A. Clark, The Liss Collection, Chas. White & the publishers private collection.
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