In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Frome like this:
Frome.-- market town and par. with ry. sta., Somerset, on river Frome (an affluent of the Avon), 11 miles S. of Bath by rail and 107 SW. of London -- par., 7092 ac., pop. 11,181; town, 724 ac., pop. 9377; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Frome was formerly called Frome Selwood, from its situation near the forest of Selwood. The river is crossed by a five-arch stone bridge. There are breweries, foundries, wire-card manufactories, and edge-tool works; but the chief industry is the mfr. of broadcloth and other fine woollens. F. returned 1 member to Parliament till 1885.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Frome, in Mendip and Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st May 2013
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