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The Horseshoes


3.2 miles from Diss

The Horseshoes, Lower Street, Diss, IP21 4HL · Map



Double from: £75.00

per room per night

Diss was officially part of Suffolk, a county in Norfolk, England, during the rein of Edward the Confessor. At this time is when it went of record in the Domesday Book which had it as a possession of the king. At this time the town was roughly twenty-four acres in size with just a church. By 1415 Diss Manor was held by the Earl of Rutland together with the title of Lord FitzWalter attaching to the estate. Eventually it was taken over by the Racliffe family who inherited the Baron FitzWalter titles and they owned it until 1732.

Across from St. Mary the Virgin, a 14th Century church, is the Dolphin House, a building from the 16th Century. At one time it was one of the town's most important building. It boasts dressed oak beams that were impressive and making it a building of high status and it is believed it was once the home of a wool merchant. The Dolphin was a pub for over a hundred years until 1960 in which it was tuned into a space that is now the home of several small businesses. The marketplace, the social and geographical center of the town is adjacent to the Dolphin House.

The market first got its charter from Richard the Lionheart. It is also the home of Mere St., the main shopping street, as well as the post office. In the beginning of 1871 the house in Mount Street had major renovations done, which is located about 100 yards to the north or the parish church. While the workers were getting rid of the brick floors in one of the ground floor rooms so that they could dig into the soil and put in joist to hold up the floor, they found a large collection of coins. Also beneath the bricks there was a floor of hard clay and in the middle of the room, about one and a half feet down, was a vessel that held over three hundred coins. They were all silver coins except for two gold noble.

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