Frome in Somerset is believed to have begun on the banks of the river that gave the town its name with the arrival of a monk from Malmesbury named Aldhelm around 690AD. During the following two centuries it became an important town in Saxon Wessex, with a royal palace and a role in the unification of the English kingdom. Barely anything of these Saxon origins can now be seen, though perhaps some remains still wait to be found again, hidden under the layers of the centuries since. This guided walk will explain what we know of Saxon Frome, from its founding to the coming of the Normans and those traces that are still visible, in the street layout and names of the town.
We will meet outside the entrance to Frome Library. The route will mostly be along pavement with one set of steps which can be avoided with a step-free alternative, and will include some steep cobbled streets.
Led by Frome Town Guide Lisa Kenwright.