Doubtless an attempt to insinuate a touch of the kudos associated with the Lisson Grove in London, the development of this mid-late-Victorian street running east of Mutley Plain coincided with the neighbouring and similarly themed Belgrave Road. At that time there was no other housing in the immediate area east of the curving line of Lisson Grove, Pearson Avenue and College Avenue.
To discover the origin of the name therefore we go to Marylebone, a little north of Westminster, to land that at the time of the Domesday Survey was described as the manor of Lilestone, in the Ossulstone Hundred. Lilestone in turn we assume comes from Lill’s “tun” or farm, although at the time of the Norman land review it was held by Edeva.
As for the Grove element this generally suggests that the thoroughfare is adjacent to or lined with trees, and indeed Lisson Grove was then and still is today, at least on side – the left hand side going down the hill.