DCP pleased to support new book about local history
New Book of the 1637 Diss Map
A new book about the History of Diss is launched this month with a fortnight of celebrations starting with an exhibition of local history items at The Stables Gallery at Diss Corn Hall from 2nd April.
In 1637, John Duke, Lord of the Manor of Diss, commissioned a map of Diss detailing over 200 plots of land, their area and the names of each tenant. The map was probably compiled for the purpose of determining the rents payable to the Manor.
This map, almost as big as a double bed and constructed by glueing together parchment made from six sheepskins, is a work of art in its own right as well as telling historians much about the town in the time of King Charles 1
The map was ‘lost’ for many years. When it re-surfaced, Diss residents contributed to buying it for Norfolk and it is kept in the Norfolk Record Office, where some conservation and repair work has been done to it and it can now be seen by the public.
The Map has inspired the production of a book reproducing much of the map, listing all the names inscribed on the map and briefly describing what life was like in the year 1637. While it is true to say that life has changed beyond all recognition for the people of the town, it is surprising how little the town itself has changed in almost 400 years.
Activities at The Stables will include free activities for children on Thursday 5th and Thursday 12th April at 11am and a lunchtime talk for adults by Norfolk Archivist Dr Alban on Tuesday 3rd at 1pm in the Waveney Rooms at the Corn Hall. Tickets for the talk cost £4.50, including a light lunch, and are available from The Stables.
Copies of the book will be on sale at The Stables gallery during the exhibition and at the library in Church St, Diss Museum and the Tourist Information Centre in Mere St.