Living in Frome
Located at the eastern end of the Mendip Hills, Frome is built on uneven high ground, and centres on the River Frome. The town began as a Saxon village, and the name Frome is believed to come from a Celtic river name fram, meaning, brisk or fair. Around the year 685AD, the Abbot of Malmesbury, St Aldhelm, founded a monastery there. Soon a settlement grew up by the monastery.
By the time of the Domesday Book (1086), Frome had grown into a busy town, with an estimated population of about 600 and 4 watermills for grinding grain to flour. There was also a weekly market in Frome and from 1270 Frome had a fair. People would come from all over Somerset to buy and sell at a Frome fair.
Frome in the 14th century was well known for producing wool, with at least 5 mills aiding the production. Wool continued to be produced in the 16th and 17th centuries, and beyond. And from the late 17th century bells were cast in Frome.
In the 18th century, Frome grew rapidly and became one of the largest towns in Somerset with a population of over 8,000. However, by the end of the 19th century, Frome's wool industry had started to decline, and workers started to transfer to new industries such as printing and metal-working.
In the 20th century amenities in Frome continued to improve. Victoria Hospital and Victoria Baths were both built in 1901. The Memorial Theatre was built in 1925. A new library was built in Frome in 1990.
Today, living in Frome is stimulating as the town provides a wealth of cultural and sporting activities. In 2014, Frome was called the "sixth coolest town" in Britain by The Times newspaper.
Frome in Facts
- Area: 7 sq miles
- Population: 26,203
- Postcode: BA11
- Area codes: 01373
- Airport: Bristol
- Train station: Frome
- Local Council: Mendip
- Average property price: £223,056
All facts use 2016 data
Frome is the original Somerset Market Town, a tradition continues today with regular markets every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The town is also full of tremendous independent shops. From arts and crafts shops, antiques and collectables emporiums to unique clothing boutiques and galleries.
The town has good road links to Bath (13.7 miles) and Bristol (24.3 miles).
Frome railway station provides regular services to Bristol Temple Meads, some trains to Cardiff and an early morning weekday service to London Paddington.
Bristol Airport (29.2 miles) provides both regular commercial flights as well as a private business terminal.
While there are no independent schools in Frome. The town is home to a number of state pre and primary schools, and two state secondary school as well as an institute of further learning. Many of which are well regarded and produce excellent results.
Lifestyle and Culture
Frome has a thriving arts scene and hosts a 10-day Festival in July as well as regular craft markets. The Memorial Theatre provides a varied programme of shows year-round.
Recognised as one of the west county's foremost venues The Cheese and Grain hosts regular live music, festivals, craft fairs and more.
The Frome Museum displays many local industrial artefacts, maps and photos.
Utilising the disused railway line which previously linked Frome and Radstock, the National Cycle Route 24, provides cyclists with miles of safe, open track to ride.
Victoria Park offers sports such as Bowls, Tennis, Putting, Skateboard ramps and a Children's Playground.
The town has a local Football Club, Cricket Club and Rugby Club.
Property in Frome
You'll discover a fantastic mix of properties in Frome. From larger estate type dwelling; to modern apartments and of course, quirky historic townhouses.
Living in Frome is to choose a slower pace of life, away from the hustle of the big cities yet surrounded by life's necessities and beautiful countryside.