The name Livermere was first recorded in 907AD and may derive from a pre-7th century Olde English word ‘laefor-mere’, which means the lake where rushes grew: rushes were once widely used for roofing, flooring and heating. It is recorded in the Domesday Book with a fishery, a horse, 3 cattle, 3 pigs, 100 sheep and a population of 52 households which placed it in the largest 20% of settlements at the time. Other derivations of the name suggest a coagulated lake from old English “lifrig” (clotted).
Today, it is a relaxed, quiet village with a fascinating history and surprising links to some famous people. At its heart is the War Memorial, a village sign, and a 12th century medieval thatched church, St Peter’s, with its distinctive weatherboarded belfry. The church is open every day.
Great Livermere is one of several villages edging Ampton Water, located on the southern edge of The Brecks, a landscape characterised by loose sandy soils and belts of pine trees.
Terrain: Estate tracks, grassy footpaths, woodland paths, some road walking. Gently undulating, easy walking.
Please note, there are no pubs or facilities in Great Livermere.