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Diss: A market town full of history

PUBLISHED: 11:50 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:50 09 March 2018

The Diss Heritage Triangle taken from the roof of the Corn Hall in the 1960s. Picture: Archant.

The Diss Heritage Triangle taken from the roof of the Corn Hall in the 1960s. Picture: Archant.

Many towns in Norfolk claim to be ‘historic market towns’ but the market in Diss dates back over 500 years.

The Market Place in Diss back in 1979. Picture: Archant.The Market Place in Diss back in 1979. Picture: Archant.

Here are six more facts about Diss, a town on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk that is full of history.

• The name Diss is largely believed to originate from dice, a Saxon word meaning standing water or lake, due to the town being built up around the scenic mere.

• The history of the market town dates back almost a millennium and can be traced to the Domesday Book, which was created in 1086 as a survey of William the Conquerer’s land.

• In the south west area of the town lies Fair Green which was first granted a royal charter in 1185 and was host to activities such as bull baiting and cock fighting until it closed almost 150 years ago.

• However, the picturesque green is still frequently the location for travelling fairs and circuses.

• Diss has also been host to a market for more than half a century and is still a thriving hub every Friday.

• Notable figures associated with the town include the poets John Betjeman and John Skelton who both wrote about its beauty.

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