And some only slightly more likely
Radical thinker THOMAS PAINE, who helped spark American independence and was also heavily involved in the French Revolution, spent a year in Diss, working as an underwear-maker.
Diss is linked to two poet laureates: JOHN SKELTON and SIR JOHN BETJEMAN
SKELTON became rector of St Mary’s Church in 1504 and one of his poems is about killing pigeons in the church. He also horrified parishioners when he attended church with an unmarried partner, and their child. He was also one of the young Henry VIII’s tutors.
Betjeman wrote a poem, called A MIND’S
JOURNEY TO DISS, for the wife of prime minister Harold Wilson, who grew up in the town. The poem begins: Yes, it will be bliss To go with you by train to Diss.
The Mere has been transformed into an ICE
RINK during cold winters and in 1827 an impromptu cricket match was played on the frozen lake.
Diss has several more claims to sporting fame including being the childhood home of THOMAS LORD,
founder of Lord’s cricket ground.
Last year scientists collected samples from the 16 METRES OF
MUD believed to lie beneath the mere 5.5 metres of water of Diss Mere. Pollen analysis suggests the sediments have been accumulating for at least 10,000 years and so mud from Diss Mere is helping researchers work out when agriculture arrived in the area, and when different crops were introduced.