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Living in Liss: The local area guide

The commuter suburb of Liss is a village and ward in the East Hampshire district of county Hampshire, 3.3 miles northeast of Petersfield on the A3. On the border with West Sussex, Liss is considered one of the gateways to the beautiful and expansive South Downs National Park. Liss has excellent road and train links, with Guildford, Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth all under half an hour away, and London Waterloo a bit over an hour away by train.

Liss itself is surrounded by the beautiful, charming expanse of green countryside in the East Hampshire Area of Outstanding Beauty. The lovely little village is full of quaint pubs, shops, and large country homes spread out into its suburbs, particularly in West Liss and towards Liss Forest. It has been home throughout history to notable artists, playwrights, novelists, singers and composers. Artefacts from as far back as the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras have been found in the area. Also, with its Brythonic Celtic original name of Lyss, meaning ‘court’ or ‘hall’, the area is presumed to have been a place of significance for a local Romano-Celtic tribe, where the chieftain would have carried out the law.

In modern days, residents are proud to call Liss home and take preservation of its history and architecture seriously. The old village is in West Liss, which retains most of the history, architecture and character of the area, while the more modern East Liss has developed since the 19th Century Victorian railway station was built on that side of the River Rother. The East, however, still has many charming timber frame houses from the 18th and 19th centuries.


Liss has ranked better than 89% of areas in England according to one index, with income, health, education and the living environment ranking particularly well. The standard of living in the area, needless to say, is very high.

The population of Liss was 6,291, living in 2,516 households, at the time of the 2011 census. The most common occupation in the area is in professional roles, then followed by managers, directors and senior official positions.


Greatham and Rake C.E. are two small village primary schools in Liss, both with good reviews. The slightly larger Liss Junior School is also an option.

There are several secondary schools just beyond Liss, including Mill Chase Community in Bordon, Bohunt School in Liphook, and Eggar’s School in Alton. Seven miles away is The Petersfield School, which is easy to get to and covers ages 11-16.

For sixth form and college, there is Bedales School in Petersfield (ages 3-19), Midhurst Rother College in Midhurst (a sponsored academy), and The Royal School in Haslemere, a sixth form school that performs exceptionally well with 100% of pupils achieving at least 3 A levels and 37% achieving AAB or higher. The mixed comprehensive Churcher’s College, covering ages 4-18, is in Petersfield and also performs extremely well.


Liss’s transport links are very good, with the mainline Liss Station on the Southern service providing direct routes to London Waterloo and Portsmouth. The town is right off the A3. Liss is within 30 minutes of Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester and Guildford.

Amenities and shopping

Liss consists of a small shopping village, doctor and dental surgeries, several restaurants, three pubs and two old churches. The parish council proudly preserves the history and architecture of West Liss, including an original old school house and the churches. Liss also has three recreation grounds where many activities are held throughout the year. The Newman Collard Tennis Club is popular in Liss, and The Petersfield Golf Club is just to the south of town.

While there are a good collection of shops and cafes in Liss, nearby Petersfield expands the selection with a wide array of boutique country stores. There are quite a few family run cafes, tearooms and restaurants, including Annie Jones, a neighbourhood favourite with a newly renovated garden bar. Folly’s restaurant and tearooms are another lovely local favourite.

With Southampton, Guildford, Portsmouth and Winchester in easy reach, you’ll be spoilt for choice for shops, activities, restaurants and amenities.

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