New book to look back on the story of Diss town centre
PUBLISHED: 14:36 30 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:36 30 October 2018
Diss Heritage Triangle are set to publish a book telling the story of the town and how it has changed over the centuries.
Traders of the Triangle and their Shops is the story of the heart of Diss.
In an uncertain times for high streets everywhere this book is intended to be a timely reminder that nothing stays the same, no less so than in Diss, whose marketplace has been thriving since 1280 and continues today.
Documenting the history of each property in the traditional centre of the town, it examines the many and various uses that each has housed in a long life.
Beneath the virtually unchanging facades of its listed buildings lies a graphic story of endeavour, traders and trades.
The book shows how the medieval weekly market was established as a social and commercial meeting point which evolved during its Victorian heyday into the shopping high street.
A century or so later it finds itself gradually concentrating its retail function, but by reverting to its primary function of meeting place it retains its vitality and gives hope to the future of similar historic town centres.
The book, part of the Heritage Lottery-funded Diss Heritage Triangle Programme, is the collaborative work of four authors, one of whom was Emeritus Professor Alun Howkins whose life’s work centred around the working classes and particularly the rural labouring poor.
Having become a Norfolk resident, he extended this interest to meticulously research the history of the Heritage Triangle, while other residents and traders with knowledge of the town also contributed detailed and interesting information.
Copious illustrations show the diversity of shops trades and traders that have given will be published by the
Diss Heritage Triangle CIO in mid-November.
A hardback book, it has 168 pages in full colour, complete with index and hundreds of old photographs, as well as up-to-date information about the current traders. It will go on sale at selected shops in the Triangle, and online, priced at £20 (plus p&p online).