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Diss is what “stops Norfolk fraying at the seams” claims local MP

PUBLISHED: 11:05 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:19 09 March 2018

Diss Mere in the sunshine. Picture Sabrina Johnson

Diss Mere in the sunshine. Picture Sabrina Johnson

The small historic market town of Diss lies on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk and is what stops “Norfolk fraying at the seams” according to local MP Richard Bacon.

The Heritage Triangle in Diss. Picture: Marc BettsThe Heritage Triangle in Diss. Picture: Marc Betts

Here are five facts about Diss that you might not know about our town.

• With a population of just over 7,000 people the tight-knit community living across two square miles is a hub of activity for surrounding villages and hamlets in both counties.

• Diss was built around its mere, a lake approximately six acres big and 18 feet deep, with another 51 feet of mud below that.

• It is believed the water level is maintained by a number of underground springs near its northern edge.

• There are a number of historic buildings throughout the town, including its 14th century parish church, St Mary’s on Mount Street, the nearby museum, and the Corn Hall, a former corn exchange now operating as an arts venue.

• The town is also the subject of a John Betjeman poem “A Mind’s Journey to Diss” regarding the rail trip from London.

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