Place:Liss, Hampshire, England

Alt namesLissource: Domesday Book (1985) p 124
Lysssource: old spelling variation
Lyssource: old spelling variation
East Lisssource: village in parish
West Lisssource: village in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.043°N 0.892°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoOdiham Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located before 1834
Finchdean Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located after 1834
Petersfield Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
East Hampshire District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
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Liss (previously spelt Lys or Lyss) is a village and civil parish in the East Hampshire District of Hampshire. It is 3.3 miles (5.3 km) northeast of Petersfield, on the A3 road, on the Hampshire/West Sussex border.

Liss has its own railway station, on the Portsmouth Direct Line. The parish consists of 3,567 acres (14 km²) of semi-rural countryside, and is one of the largest in the region. It has a 21st century population of over 6,000.

The earliest written mention of Liss (or Lyss as it was known then) may be that found in the Domesday book.

The village comprises an old village at West Liss and the modern village (called East Liss to differentiate), which congregated around the 19th-century Southern Railway station, which is largely Victorian and later. The River Rother formed the boundary between West and East Liss. West Liss contains most of the historical and architectural interest. Suburbs later spread out toward Liss Forest.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Liss. Includes a long history of the village starting with its prehistory.

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 4, chapter on Liss.
  • GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
  • The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
  • Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
  • A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons
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