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The local area guide to living in Liss

As one of the gateway towns to the beloved South Downs National Park and nestled square in the green space of the East Hampshire Area of Outstanding Beauty, Liss is the kind of village that will steal your heart away. Among its notable residents throughout history are artists, playwrights, novelists, singers and composers. Artefacts from as far back as the Palaeolithic era have been found in the area, and the Brythonic Celtic name of Liss means ‘court’ or ‘hall’, usually signifying a place of importance where the local chieftain would have carried out the law.

In modern days, the village is full of character and residents are proud to call it home. While West Liss is the old village, retaining the history, architecture and character of the area, the East is more modern but still has many timber frame houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Modern development began around East Liss as a result of the 19th century Victorian railway station. Several suburbs have spread towards Liss Forest, which borders the town, and the River Rother runs through it.

Liss is a village and ward in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire county, on the border with West Sussex, and is 3.3 miles northeast of Petersfield on the A3. Considered a commuter suburb, Liss provides great road and train links to Guildford, Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth, all reached in under half an hour, and London Waterloo is 1 hour 10 minutes away by train.

Information about the local residents

The Deprivation Index places Liss as better than 89% of areas in England. Rankings for income, health, education, barriers to services and living environment are all very high, indicating a great standard of living in the area.

Liss had a population of 6,291, living in 2,516 households, during the time of the 2011 census. Most commonly, residents are employed as professionals, managers, directors and senior officials. There is also a community of retired couples.

Liss has a very active parish council, and clubs and societies meet in the Triangle Centre. Liss has the Newman Collard Tennis Club and a scouts troupe, but there are also many clubs and societies in nearby Petersfield, namely the Petersfield Golf Club. The Golf Club is situated at the southern edge of Liss.

Nearby schools

There are two small village primary schools in Liss, Greatham and Rake C.E, both with great reviews. There is also the slightly larger Liss Junior School. For secondary schools, nearby Bordon has Mill Chase Community, then there is Bohunt School in Liphook, and Eggar’s School in Alton. The Petersfield School is only slightly further afield at seven miles away and covers ages 11-16.

Sixth form and college options nearby would be Bedales School in Petersfield (ages 3-19), the sponsored academy Midhurst Rother College in Midhurst, and the exceptionally performing sixth form The Royal School in Haslemere. Churcher’s College is a mixed comprehensive, covering ages 4-18, located in Petersfield and also performs extremely well.

Getting around

Liss has excellent transport links, with the mainline Liss rail station serving direct routes to London Waterloo and Portsmouth, and the A3 close by.

In this area of semi-rural countryside, there are good roadways throughout. Liss is within 30 minutes of Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester and Guildford.

Local shops

Liss has a small shopping area, doctor and dental surgeries, several restaurants, three pubs and two old churches. The parish council proudly maintains its old buildings to preserve the history and architecture, including an original old schoolhouse and church.

Nearby Petersfield expands the shopping and dining selection with a wide array of boutique country stores and a few family run cafes, tearooms and restaurants. Neighbourhood favourite, Annie Jones is an excellent dining experience, particularly with its newly renovated garden bar. Folly’s restaurant and tearooms are another favourite.

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