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A Diss-tinguished dolls’ house

February 27th, 2012

Dolls’ houses are part of our history, whether family heirlooms or an exhibit in a museum.

Modelled on the Old Rectory in Diss, Norfolk, the dolls’ house in question is not only one of the most popular items in the town’s museum but also one of its most travelled, having been to the USA and back again.

According to an article in local newspaper, the Diss Express, the house originally belonged to the Manning family, who were Rectors of Diss for many years, and was played with by generations of children.

Eventually it was put into a jumble sale and purchased by a Mr Bennett for his daughter, Evelyn, when she was ill in bed.

As an adult, Evelyn moved to the USA and took the house with her which should have been the end of the house’s connection with Diss.

However, in 1994 Evelyn donated the house to the Diss museum and so it made its way back to its natural home.


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