HLF funded

The Diss Heritage Triangle Trust

Date: 13/09/18 | Author: jessica.vincent

An insightful and informative history

The story of the heart of the town and how it changed and evolved over the centuries

The book reminds us of how nothing stays the same by taking a look at the extensive history of Diss and the marketplace which has thrived since 1195. It reveals a graphic story of traders, trade underneath the buildings which make up the town

Traders of the Triangle and their Shops

Traders of the Triangle and their Shops is the story of the heart of a town and how it has changed and evolved over the centuries. That town is Diss, a quintessential market town in the centre of East Anglia, one that in 2018 was a finalist in the Royal Town Planning Institute’s awards for Planning Excellence in Heritage and Culture.

In these uncertain times for high streets everywhere this book is a timely reminder that nothing stays the same, no less so than in Diss, whose market and marketplace has been thriving since 1195. Documenting the history of the traditional centre of the town, this hardback, A4-sized book examines the many and various uses and traders that each property has housed in a long life. Beneath the virtually unchanging facades of its many listed buildings lies a graphic story of endeavour.

The book shows how the medieval weekly market was established as a social and commercial meeting point which evolved during its Victorian heyday into a sophisticated and elegant ‘shopping high street’. A century or so later it finds itself gradually concentrating its retail function and by reverting to its primary function of meeting place retaining vitality and giving hope for its future, and that of similar historic town centres.

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