On Home Ground – 5 fascinating facts about Liphook in East Hampshire

Centre of Liphook - Hampshire
Centre of Liphook, Hampshire.

With easy access to the A3 road, Liphook lies in the district of East Hampshire, on the border between Hampshire and West Sussex. The large village has its own railway station on the direct line from Portsmouth to London Waterloo (fastest journey time 59 mins). 

During the 17th and 10th centuries, Liphook developed as a coaching stop for those travelling between Portsmouth and London. During both World Wars, Canadian troops were stationed at a base in Liphook, one of several army bases in Hampshire. There is a Canadian War Memorial at nearby Bramshott Common.

Bramshott Common, near Liphook, Hampshire
Bramshott Common, near Liphook, Hampshire.
  1. In Tudor times when an emergency was declared in 1588 during the Armada battle, mail was routed through Liphook on its way from London to Portsmouth.
  2. As naval administrator and MP, Samuel Pepys had reason to travel down to Portsmouth on navy business. In his diaries, Pepys records three journeys via today’s A3 in May 1661, April 1662 and then staying in ‘Lippock’ during August 1668.
  3. Between 1916 to 1928, poet and author Flora Thompson lived with her husband, the village postmaster in Liphook. ‘Larkrise to Candleford’ her semi-autobiographical trilogy about Flora’s own childhood is one her most well-known books.
  4. The Bohunt School in Liphook is ranked in the top fifty secondary state schools.
  5. TV personality and golf presenter, Peter Alliss designed one of two golf courses in Liphook. Old Thorns lies to the west of the village and Liphook Golf Club is to the south. Founded in 1923, Liphook is ranked in the top 100 golf courses across the country; it straddles the Portsmouth Road, once the A3.
Homes Liphook Office, The Square, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7AB
Homes Liphook Office, The Square, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7AB