Liss Area Historical Society

Registered Charity number 293391

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Site last updated 19 November 2015

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Welcome to the Liss Area Historical Society web site.

 The Society was started thirty years ago by a small group of enthusiasts. We now have about a hundred members but we have room for more. See “Newsletter” page for details of the birthday celebration at the December meeting.

We have a programme of talks each year during the autumn and winter, when we meet on the last THURSDAY of each month, normally at the Central Hall (Liss Evangelical Church) in Liss Forest. Meetings start at 7.30 p.m. During December, we hold our Christmas social event, usually at the Triangle Centre in Liss. Our next meeting will be in November at the Central Hall, Liss Forest. See “Programme of Events” page for other events. Please note that, with effect from January 2016, we shall be leaving the Central Hall and all our meetings will be held at the Triangle Centre, We shall also be changing the meeting day to the third Wednesday of the month. This arrangement will start as from 20 January 2016.

Talks are open to members and non-members and are free for members.Why not come and join us?

We need new members, including those who might be willing to serve on the committee and help with the running of the Society or be willing to help with archival work (including people who can use a computer). Although our objectives are mainly serious, we also have fun!

The Society is a registered charity.

Where is Liss?

It lies in the Rother Valley, about 4/5 miles north of Petersfield in Hampshire. The land rises in the east (Hillbrow) and to the West (Wheatham Hill). The river emerges near Noar Hill and flows south through Liss to be joined by Batt’s Brook from the west and streams from the east, thus creating areas of marshy ground.This may be the reason for a misconception that Liss means marsh. It is now accepted that the name comes from a branch of the Celtic language (old Welsh) and means an important building, court or hall.

Our header photo shows Station Road, probably in the early 1900s


Meetings and Lectures:

These are held at Central Hall, Liss Forest on the last Thursday of the month from September- April inclusive (December's meeting at The Triangle Community Centre). The subject of each meeting is published to members and is advertised in the village, in advance. Entry to these meetings is free to members. Non-members are welcome to attend at a cost of £2.00 per meeting. Social events and outings are organised during the summer months. See "programme of events" page.

The Liss Collection:

The Society maintains the Liss Collection of artefacts and memorabilia in the Archive and Study rooms at the Triangle Community Centre. The regular meetings of the Archive Group have been temporarily suspended but you can contact  the Archivist -Mike Jordan- by phone [01730 893454] or using the “contact us” form. Just follow this link. New members of this group are always welcome. We could do with some extra helpers with enthusiasm for this important task.


Do come and join us. Membership application forms are available. Please see "Membership Application" page on this site and print a copy or ask for one.

If you want to ask a question or tell us something, please use the "contact us" page.


The objectives of the Society are:

To promote the study and recording of the history of the area in all its



To foster interest in research and fieldwork.

To publish from time to time the findings of the Society, or of any individual

 member or any other relevant material which the Society acquires. The

principal publication is'Liss Histories' which is published annually and is free

 to members. Back numbers may be purchased from the Society at £1 each. If you would like to order, please use the  form on the “Our Publications” page.

To maintain, preserve and develop the 'Liss Collection' * and to use it,

 together with borrowed archival material and artefacts for displays and

 exhibitions for educational purposes and/or the interest of the public.

* If you have photos or other artefacts that you would like to donate to the

collection, please let us know. It's easy to get in touch - use the "contact us" page.

The new “season” of talks has started…….