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.





Woollen cloth making

Processes involved in the making of woollen cloth


Cloth types

Kinds of cloth made in the West Country


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


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

22 Sep 02




Emigrants to Victoria

Frome emigrants to Victoria, 1839-54

2 Nov 01




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