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Diss, Norfolk

Diss is a market town in Norfolk, England close to the border with the neighbouring East Anglian county of Suffolk, with a population of 7,503 (2011). The town lies in the valley of the River Waveney, around a mere that covers 6 acres . The mere is up to 18 feet deep, although there is another 51 feet of mud, making it one of the deepest natural inland lakes in England. The town takes its name from dic an Anglo-Saxon word meaning either ditch or embankment.
DistrictSouth Norfolk
Post townDISS
Administrative CountyNorfolk
Traditional CountyNorfolk
OS GridTM1180
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityNorfolk
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNorfolk
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNorfolk
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01379
Population6,742 (2001 census)

Other names by which Diss, Norfolk has been known in the past

Dis ~ Disce ~ Dice

Diss, Norfolk in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Diss.-- market town and par. with ry. sta., S. Norfolk, on river Waveney, 19 miles SW. of Norwich and 95 miles NE. of London, 3627 ac., pop. 3846; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Friday; is situated on the slope of a hill, at the foot of which is a small lake or mere (5 ac.), the sloping banks of which are tastefully laid out in gardens and public walks. Its mfrs., for which it was once noted, of "Suffolk hempen cloth, " worsted yarn, and knit hosiery, have much declined.

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