Hidden past of Diss revealed as part of Heritage Open Days
PUBLISHED: 11:09 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:09 05 September 2018
History lovers will be in their element this month when some of some heritage treasures in Diss throw open their doors.
In total some 16 attractions in South Norfolk will be on show during this year’s Heritage Open Days from September 6-9 and 12-15.
The stunning heritage sites, many of which or either not usually open to the public or charge admission, will be free to the public and putting on special events.
Here in Diss events will include the chance to delve into the past at the town’s museum (open through the event) and explore the Corn Hall, where visitors can enjoy performances, talks, workshops and guided tours on September 13 and 14 (10.30am and 11.15am).
Albright of Diss — aka 23 St Nicholas Street, locally known as Tudor House — will also be open for a behind the scenes look on September 13, 14 and 15.
A 15th-century timber-framed building with excellent examples of decorative timber framing, the building boasts a carved Dragon Post; one side depicts the Annunciation with the archangel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary, and on the other the Nativity. Inside there is a most impressive arched braced tie beam, the remaining structure of an open hall, plus moulded floor joists inserted when the hall was floored over.
Diss Iron Works on St Nicholas Street will be offering glimpses into Diss’ hidden past on September 13 and 14. Visitors will be taken around the building by owner, Peter Hyde who has a wealth of knowledge about its history and the rest of the town.
In the early 18th century this building was the home of a peruke (wig) maker. The 17th century rear of the building, once a dwelling, shows very good timbering including ovolo mullioned windows. Investigation into the structure and age of the building has been undertaken as part of the recent Heritage Triangle Project.
Meanwhile at Francis Cupiss Ltd on The Entry will be giving a talk on the origins of the company from its start in 1830 manufacturing horse medicine and its continued story at 10am on September 6-8 and 13-15.
Traditional Letterpress printing and its unique terminology will be explained and demonstrated with examples of how Letterpress printing is now used today. Visitors will be shown various printing presses in operation and at the end of their visit given the opportunity to go “hands on” to ink and print hand set wooden type to take home a print linked to their visit.
There will also be a demonstration at Designer Makers 21 which will be hosting thatching by Boz and Freddie Willows on September 15 (11am-3pm).
• To find out more about Heritage Open Days, or to download a brochure, visit heritageopendays.org.uk