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Diss residents turn detective to date historical photograph

PUBLISHED: 15:51 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:51 19 April 2018

Mere Street in Diss. It's taken from the Market Place and the shop signs include Stead and Simpson, H. F. Wren (Teas and Hovis) and RAC. Picture: Archant Library

Mere Street in Diss. It's taken from the Market Place and the shop signs include Stead and Simpson, H. F. Wren (Teas and Hovis) and RAC. Picture: Archant Library

Archant Library

The residents of a South Norfolk market town have turned detective to discover when a historical photograph of the town was taken.

Members of the Enjoy Diss More facebook group have used their knowledge of the past and their town to work out when a photograph capturing the view down Mere Street from The Market Place was taken.

The image from the Archant archives captures a number of shoppers enjoying the town, shop signs including Stead and Simpson and H.F. Wren, RAC and vehicles including a delivery van.

On the Facebook group, members used their memories of the high street and vintage cars to establish when the picture was taken.

Dale Edwards commented he thought the image dated back to the 1960s whilst Philip Clarke was able to pinpoint the date to within a couple of years.

He said: “There’s no need to guess when all the clues are there! The British Beef lorry has a C registration plate, so that means the photograph has to have been taken after January 1965.

“If you look at the far end of Mere Street, you will see the sign for The Ship public house, which had been demolished by 1969 to make way for Fine Fare.”

Further detective work established the car in the image was a Ford Escort MK1 which was only produced in 1968, determining the year the image was taken.

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