Diss is a Norfolk town situated in the East Anglian region of England. It is steeped in history, and well worth a visit. Read on to find out more.
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Diss is a town in East Anglia, and in the time of Edward the Confessor, it was recorded in the Domesday book as being part of the county of Suffolk. After the battle of Agincourt in 1415, Edward Plantagenet, who was the Earl of Rutland, came to hold Diss Manor and Hemenhale, and the title of Lord FitzWalter became attached to the manor estate . This estate included the manors of Shimpling, and Thorne in Suffolk. It also include Essex towns such as Burnham on Crouch and Sheering. Shortly after this the estate fell into the hands of the Ratcliffe family, who inherited the title of Baron FitzWalter. They owned the land until at least 1732, and they were known as Viscounts FitzWalter.
Diss now borders the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, but is known as being a Norfolk town, that is until you enter the outskirts, and the Suffolk sign appears by the golf course. It is extremely picturesque, as it lays in the valley of the River Waveney, around a mere that covers 6 acres. The mere is up to 18 feet deep, which makes it one of the deepest natural inland lakes in England. This has influenced the name of the town, as Diss is an Anglo Saxon word which means ditch or embankment.
If you enjoy seeing historic British architecture, then Diss will not disappoint you. They include a 14th century parish church and a museum. the railway station of Diss is situated on the Great Eastern Main line route from London to Norwich. There is also a 16th century building known as Dolphin House . This was once a very important building, and this is denoted by its impressive dressed-oak beams indicating that it is a high status building. It is believed that it was once a wool merchant’s house. From the 1800s until 1960s it was a pub, and now houses a number of small businesses.
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