Liston, Essex

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Parish church of Liston Essex.jpg
Liston is located in Essex
Location within Essex
OS grid referenceTL853447
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSUDBURY
Postcode districtCO10
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°04′12″N 0°42′18″E / 52.070°N 0.705°E / 52.070; 0.705Coordinates: 52°04′12″N 0°42′18″E / 52.070°N 0.705°E / 52.070; 0.705

Liston is a small village and civil parish in North Essex, England, located one mile WSW of Long Melford, on the banks of the River Stour. Its parish church dates back to the 12th century, in parts.[1] The parish borders the River Stour, the boundary between Essex and Suffolk.[2] The population of the village is included in the civil parish of Foxearth.

One of the earliest written documents that mentions Liston is the will of Æthelflæd of Damerham who died between 962 and 991. Her father was Ealdorman Ælfgar who was trying to establish a monastic community at Stoke by Nayland where his family had been buried. She left Liston to Æthelmear a kinsman. She was married three times; first to Ealdoman Byrhtnoth who died at the Battle of Maldon, then to King Edmund in 944 and finally after his death to either Æthelstan Rota, or Æthelstan Half-King.

At the time of the Domesday Liston had two manors, one in the hands of Ilbod brother of Arnulf of Hesdin, the other had as Tenant-in-Chief, Hugh of Gournay with the Lord being Geoffrey Talbot.

By 1185 Liston was one manor with the sons of Godfrey the Chamberlain and Alice daughter of Robert taking the surname De Liston, it was associated with the Sergeancy of making the wafers for the king's coronation,[3] and the family held it unto about 1367 when it was sold to Richard Lyons. Shortly after the manor was sacked in the Peasants' Revolt, and Richard Lyons lost his life.

The manor of Overhall passed to the King who granted it to Sir Hugh De Segrave in 1383.[4]


  1. ^ "Parish Church (dedication Unknown), Liston". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  2. ^ Samuel Lewis, ed. (1848). "Lissett - Littleport". A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  3. ^ Proceedings at the King's Coronation, Westminster, 23 June 1377, Richard Lyons tenant of the manor of Liston. Petition to make wafers to serve the king withal, as did John de Lyston and his ancestors time out of mind. Claim admitted and service performed.
  4. ^ Wright, Thomas (1836). The history and topography of ... Essex.

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