Fascinating Somerset Facts

Fascinating facts about Frome

08 Jun 2021

Fascinating facts about Frome
- Finalist in BBC2’s recent All That Glitters series, Daniel Musselwhite, is based at Frome’s Black Swan Arts.
- Frome has been named the Best Place to Live in the South West.

- Chicken House (children's book publisher), located in Palmer St, was co-founded by the man who 'discovered' J.K. Rowling (Barry Cunningham). Barry is also the patron of Frome Writers Collective.

- Detective Sgt. Henry Smith - a colleague of Detective Inspector (Suspicions of) Whicher at Scotland Yard's Detective Branch - came to Frome in 1851, to investigate the murder of 14 year old Sarah Watts. This was one of the most infamous murder cases, along with Whicher's Rode Murder - of the Victorian Age.

- Field Marshall Montgomery had his HQ in Frome for a short while during WW2. During his stay, he praised the WVS (Women's Voluntary Service) who provided meals for his 3rd Division - 15,000 men were fed every 24 hours. 

- Eadred, King of England, died in Frome in 955AD.

- The Duke of Monmouth stayed in Frome during his infamous Rebellion in 1685. During his three day visit, he decided to end his rebellion and return to Holland, but was talked out of it by his war council. Within two weeks of leaving the town, he had been defeated, captured, tried and executed. 

- It is rumoured the famous writer Daniel Defore married a girl from Frome.

- For James Bond fans, Frome was once home to Lois Maxwell, who played Miss Moneypenny between 1962-1985.

- Some of BBC’s Poldark series was filmed on location in Frome.

- Based in Frome, J W Singer & Sons produced some of the world’s most iconic public statues, including Boudica on the Thames Embankment in London, Justice that crowns the Old Bailey and the lions at the Rhodes memorial in Capetown, South Africa.

- Jenson Button was born and went to school in Frome – we now have a bridge named after him.

- Frome was recently named the most difficult to pronounce town in the UK.

- The word Frome is thought to come from the ancient Brythonic word "ffraw", which translates to fair, fine or brisk, and describes the flow of the river that runs through the town, which dates back to the 7th Century.

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