CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Hampshire Life today CLICK HERE

8 things you didn’t know about the village of Liss

PUBLISHED: 11:28 09 October 2018

Liss (Illustration by Lucy Atkinson)

Liss (Illustration by Lucy Atkinson)

Archant

We round up 8 things you didn’t know about this little South Downs village

Top of the Votes

The good people of Liss probably know there are prettier villages in Hampshire. But why should they care when their community was voted Village of the Year by the Hampshire Association of local councils last autumn? With their thriving shops and all the clubs, groups and organisations running out of the Triangle Centre, as well as the train connections and their increasing recognition as one of the most important gateways to the South Downs National Park… it’s a fair bet the so-called ‘hidden’ village won’t stay off the radar for much longer.


Ancient Finds

It may have just won Village of the Year, but the community of Liss has had a few years to get things right. There were people living here in the Neolithic times, with flint implements being discovered, as well as an Irish decorated axe and barrows dating all the way back to the Bronze Age. And Liss Archaeological Society has been excavating Roman villas in the area too. During the 19th century Liss was know as Britain’s peppermint capital. The herb was distilled and sold in the village at 4d a refreshing pint.


Star Connections

How many villages can claim their own Hollywood star? It is alleged that Minnie Driver reportedly lived there as a child and attended nearby Bedales School. How many villages, too, can claim to have starred in two of Britain’s best-loved movies; The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? The now defunct Longmoor Military Railway, which ran from Liss Station to Longmoor Camp appeared in both.


Ties to the Titanic

Liss teenager, Edward Arthur Dorking, was one of the 705 eventual survivors of the Titanic. The 19-year-old boarded the doomed liner at Southampton as a third-class passenger, intending to join his uncle in Illinois. His plans changed swiftly, after his rescue in Collapsible B, when he found himself a minor celebrity after accepting cash to re-tell his story. Dorking claimed to have seen Captain Smith ‘looking like a marble statue after rain’ and watching the ship sink, causing ‘barely a ripple on the ocean’s surface’. He died in the USA in 1954.


The Stump

The tower of St Mary’s Church in the parish is unkindly known as ‘The Stump’. Architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner was no less unflattering, describing the edifice, added in 1932, as ‘dignified and dull’ but noting it was ‘enobled’ by a ‘small piece of sculpture of the Christ child by Eric Gill’. Despite this, it remains a strong part of the community and helps to run the village’s popular Spirit of Music Festival, held in late April to early May.


Clubs and Societies

Each winter Liss holds a successful Film Festival and there is also a book club which meets at the Triangle Centre. The centre is home to more than 30 groups, including pilates, a computer club, an investment club, bridge, yoga and tai chi. Sports fans are also well-catered for – the village has a successful road running club meeting three times a week, a weekly cycle club and a long-established cricket club with a colts section playing at the private Glebe ground. Liss Athletc FC are in the Hampshire Premier League and the village also has a tennis club.


Foodie Offerings

The Blue Fig, a boutique restaurant on the green at Farnham Road has received several calls for a Michelin star from its devoted customers. The celeriac and Gruyere cheese fritters with roasted vine tomatoes come highly recommended. Other food stops include, The Turtle Bean Café on Station road; The Jolly Drover on London Road, which boasts 4AA stars and The Spread Eagle on Farnham Road is perfect for walkers.


Getting Around

Liss may have a mainline station which arrives in London Waterloo in just over an hour, as well as almost instant connections to the A3 and good bus services. But the best way to get around the village is on two wheels. Being inside the National Park, Liss is very attractive as a destination for cyclists. Liss Cycling Club meets at the Triangle Centre every Sunday if you’d like to get to know the area and cycle in a group.


More…

Hampshire walk on the Isle of Wight around Brighstone and Mottistone - Head to the Isle of Wight to enjoy the charming villages of Brighstone and Mottistone, taking in superb views, an ancient monument and enchanting gardens with our new walks writer, Fiona Barltrop

More from Out & About

Yesterday, 15:25

Remember, remember… Here’s a quick round up of some stunning displays across Hampshire this year

Read more
Yesterday, 15:22

The community shop is thriving. Why? And what makes the perfect village store? We went in search…

Read more
Yesterday, 14:27

From Jane Austen to Karl Marx, our towns and villages have fascinating links to some of the biggest historical celebrities. Viv Micklefield follows in their footsteps with the help of a blue plaque or two

Read more
Friday, October 12, 2018

10 of best photos of Hampshire shared on Instagram over the past week...

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Our guide to some of the best Halloween events on offer across Hampshire this October

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

We round up 8 things you didn’t know about this little South Downs village

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Enjoy some easy walking around the Lymington to Keyhaven Nature Reserve says Fiona Barltrop

Read more
Monday, October 1, 2018

We round up some of the best events and things to do across Hampshire this month

Read more
Monday, September 24, 2018

Head to the Isle of Wight to enjoy the charming villages of Brighstone and Mottistone, taking in superb views, an ancient monument and enchanting gardens with our new walks writer, Fiona Barltrop

Read more
Monday, September 24, 2018

With the centenary of the end of World War One commemorated this year, the reopening of the iconic Royal Victoria Chapel, part of our military heritage, is timely

Read more
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This year Winchester’s Theatre Royal celebrates the 40th anniversary of its re-opening as a performance theatre

Read more
Monday, September 17, 2018

Avon Valley, Beer and Cake is the ABC of why Ringwood, a busy market town on the western edge of the New Forest, makes a quirkily clever choice for a break away

Read more
Monday, September 10, 2018

Lego enthusiast Duncan Titmarsh has built his business brick by brick; from tinkering in his garden shed to internationally acclaimed sculptures

Read more
Monday, September 10, 2018

New Forest ponies are an iconic sight, yet modern-day pressures pose a constant threat to the traditional landscape. Viv Micklefield heads to Lyndhurst to take stock of what happens inside England’s oldest forest court

Read more
 
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory



Property Search