Civil Society in Frome and its Hundred

 

The woollen cloth industry

 

Frome was important as a centre for cloth manufacture and trading for over 300 years, and the town's prosperity rose and fell with that of the woollen cloth industry in the West Country. Its importance as a source of employment was second only to agriculture and associated crafts.

Cloth production involved a long series of processes, at first carried out by skilled artisans, but from the late 18th century on by machine.

 

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Woollen cloth making

Processes involved in the making of woollen cloth

2001

Cloth types

Kinds of cloth made in the West Country

2001

Woollen mills

Names linked with woollen mills in and around Frome

2 Nov 01

 

Other industries

 

The Beer Trade

References to Innkeepers, Beer Sellers, Brewers, etc. extracted from lists on this site

4 Dec 01

Pub Guide

Information about Alehouses, Hotels, Inns and Public Houses and those who worked in them

4 Dec 01

 

Law, Order and Defence

 

Prisoners in Ilchester Gaol

Local people on the prison registers indexed at Somerset Record Office

10 Mar 01

Old Soldiers

Other ranks born in Frome Hundred and discharged to pension

21 Apr 02

Miscreants

Receipts by Frome Churchwardens relating to law-breaking, October 1700

22 Sep 02

 

Emigration

 

Emigrants to Victoria

Frome emigrants to Victoria, 1839-54

2 Nov 01

 

Media

 

Somerset Newspapers

Somerset newspapers held by the National Newspaper Library, Colindale, London

30 Aug 01

Frome in the Times

References to Frome in the London Times, 1790-1905, with full text of selected articles

20 Apr 02

 

The Establishment

 

The Royal Clarence Lodge

Extracts from the Membersí book of the Royal Clarence Masonic Lodge in Frome, 1790-1822

3 Nov 01