From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Liphook is a large village in Hampshire, England.
The village grew out of the hamlet of Bramshott which was established by Norman times. In the fifteenth century it was known as Chiltlee or Chiltley but John Speed's map of 1610 shows it as Lippocke. The area was dominated by the four manors of Chiltlee, Bohunt, Foley and Bramshott.
Liphook grew further as a coach stop on the London - Portsmouth route. The Royal Anchor inn grew up as a place to stay the night and change horses - local tradition has it that Nelson spent his last night in England in Liphook before sailing for the Battle of Trafalgar. From 1916-1928 author and poet Flora Thompson lived in Liphook where her husband was postmaster. Her most well-known works include the trilogy Lark Rise, Over to Candleford and Candleford Green, memoirs of her childhood in 1880s Oxfordshire. Her first work, Bog-Myrtle and Peat, was published in 1921 when she lived in Liphook.
Today Liphook is located on both the main road (A3) and rail (Portsmouth Direct Line) links between the two cities. Liphook is served by Liphook railway station.
Liphook is now (April 2010) part of the parliamentary constituency of East Hampshire. Its Member of Parliament is Damian Hinds, a member of the Conservative Party.
Liphook is the location of the renowned public school Churcher's College Junior school, (the Senior school being located in nearby Petersfield). The site previously housed Littlefield school, which was bought by Churcher's and converted. Liphook is also the home of Bohunt School, a well regarded secondary state school. Local attractions include the Forest Mere health spa and Hollycombe Steam Collection.
During both World War I and II Liphook was the base for many Canadian troops. Many recent roads in Liphook have been given Canadian place names to commemorate the armed forces of that country that trained in this area during the First and Second World Wars and the cemetery of St Mary's church in Bramshott has a section of Canadian graves, war dead including many victims of the influenza outbreak of 1918.
In June each year the local businessmens' association LiDBA organise a charity bike ride. With around 1200 riders and proceeds of £50,000 it is the latest event in the area.
On 'the night the clocks go back' (usually the last Saturday in October) the village plays host to the Liphook Carnival, a procession of floats through the village followed by a bonfire which has taken place since 1903.
During the hot summer of 1983, Liphook hit the headlines as the hottest spot in the United Kingdom, but some of the temperature readings were claimed to be unnaturally high
and are not universally accepted. [However, we were listed at the end of this web page "www.metoffice.com/climate/uk/interesting/15jul03maxtemps.html" - now removed by
Met Office, but an archived copy can still be found at archive.org
relevent section reproduced below - editor].
Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.