Frome Society Yearbooks

The Editor of the Yearbook is Mick Davis, who can be contacted on

For purchases please check the main books page.

Contents of Yearbooks 1-24 can be downloaded HERE.

Frome Society publications are also available from the Winstones (Hunting Raven) Bookshop, Cheap Street, Frome, Frome Museum, Frome Information Centre or direct from Mick Davis, Frome Museum, 1 North Parade, Frome, Somerset BA11 1AT (01373 454611 or

Yearbook 25

The 2022 edition has just been published.

Yearbook 24

The 2021 edition has a fascinating article on the possibility that William Shakespeare visited the town in 1583 and was sent by his father to the Weyhill Fair and thence to Frome for the night. Ian Wright reports on the last days of the Cuprinol factory at Adderwell and there is a very touching obituary of Felix Dennis the last owner of the world-renowned printing firm of Butler and Tanner in the same area. There are tales of hidden treasure in Beckington, some magnificent trees in the ancient Selwood Forest. An interesting article by Dr John Harvey on the state of public transport locally in the 1970s, the history of archery at The  Butts by John Millns, the Lassman brothers describe how the railway came to Frome, the mystery of Cockey’s Manor House is solved at last, Andrew Pickering tells the tale of Joseph Glanville Frome’s demonologist, Liz Corfield gives us the history of the workhouse, and Valerie Pitt unravels the story of the Horwood Brothers, Frome’s stained glass factory and finally an interview with the remarkable Eunice Overend geologist and a badger fancier. Fully illustrated in full colour.


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Yearbooks 23

This Yearbook covers a wide breadth of Frome’s history, touching on two world famous artists, a potter and a sculptor, a pupil of Alfred Munnings and a forgotten author subsequently lionised by a Nobel laureate. Three individuals who had a major influence on the town during the nineteenth century are remembered. There is a delightful description of the discovery of a young woman’s collection of family postcards, the research of a family photograph and, as usual, there are descriptions of Frome buildings, their various uses and history, an explanation of the ubiquitous Cockey lamps, and finally there is further ongoing research on the foundation of a mediaeval mill at Spring Gardens and the extraordinary discovery of a Saxon weapon.

X-FSLS Yearbook 23 (2020)

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Yearbook 22

Suzanne Cooke describes the research into her house in Somerset Road and the mysterious Louisa Tuck; 15 years later, John Millns unravels the truth and replies to Suzanne’s questions. Michael McGarvie describes the history of Marston House and its owners which led to this magnificent building being saved from demolition in 1972. This is followed by two articles on the Trinity area, the first by Professor Roger Leech on his researches in 1974 which led to saving half of Trinity from demolition followed by a timeline of the work of restoration of Trinity by Bill Lowe. Adrie van der Luijt reports on the Nunney Hoard found in 1860 and the problems of Evelyn Waugh in the 1930s when trying to buy a suitable mansion in the village. There are anonymous articles about two rich spinsters, born in St Petersburg, who followed Rev WJE Bennett to Frome and set up a charity school in Whittox Lane and the further history of early photographic clubs in Frome. There is a full description of a Palestine exhibition by Adam Stout, which was timed to coincide with the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in 1917. There is a final extract from ‘Farthing Bundles’, the autobiography of the education reformer, Clara Grant, and David Smart unravels the intricate relationships between the doctors, solicitors and other professionals in 19th century Frome, illustrated by the Bush family. James Richardson tells the story of Goose Marsh Mill in West Woodlands and Richard Wallis reports on his difficulties in opening up the ‘Monarch’s Way.’ There are many short extracts from early newspapers and a delightful story of how a Frome schoolgirl sent an egg to a soldier in France in 1916 and how he enjoyed it and returned it to her.

Yearbook 22 Alastair

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Yearbook 21

Eunice Overend describes the night when she helped to save Exeter Cathedral from total destruction during a Baedeker raid in 1940 and Michael McGarvie follows the history of the garden at Longleat House. John Moxon recounts the changes in transport through the ages and how they have influenced the methods of travelling. Janet Dowding describes the surviving milestones in and around Frome.
Life of successful non-conformist clothiers in the first half of the 19th century is recalled in Thomas Green’s diary of 1827. Shelagh Fleming discovered an isolated aqueduct which led to her research on the branch of the Dorset and Somerset Canal. There are two murder stories: Henry Cuzner killed another boy in Frome and, after he was released from prison, led an itinerant life until his death at 41 in Chicago while Peter Corbett describes the eventful day in 1861 when a young man from Buckland Dinham was murdered by his uncle. David Smart analyses the ownership of a terrace of three cottages in Trudoxhill and shows the close relationships that existed in a late 19th century village and there is an article on the first camera club in Frome.
The difficulties of the suffragette movement in Frome are described by Janet Howard and Peter Williams recalls Frome in the the 1950s. John Payne’s walk to a derelict farm gives rise to an enchanting poem of lost memories.

Boadicea (1)

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Yearbook 20

There are leading articles by Tim Hopkinson-Ball and Nick Hersey describe the life and work of two extraordinary characters: Dom Ethelbert Horne, a monk at Downside Abbey, who was a polymath who oversaw excavations at Glastonbury Abbey, researched scratch dials on churches and holy wells and was a leading archaeologist in Somerset for 50 years; he was also a prolific author on Somerset subjects. Emma Sheppard, wife of the clothier, George Wood Sheppard, both helped the poor, particularly women sent to the workhouse and founded a school for the children of the employees at Fromefield House. She was the outstanding philanthropist of 19th century Frome.
There is a further extract from the educationalist, Clara Grant’s autobiography, ‘Farthing Bundles’, and an entertaining history of Stourhead and the Hoares by Emily Blanshard. Mick Davis describes his researches into the standing stones in gardens off Bath Road and there is a description of the geology of ECOS, the European Community of Stone, when the stones were installed next to the Merlin Theatre.
Gillian Hogarth recalls the trials and tribulations of the churches, high and low, during the later 19th century with particular reference to the influence of the Tractarian, Rev WJE Bennett.

Year 20 cover

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Yearbook 19

Marston Mill, Bishop Ken, Brunswick Place & the Rossetti’s, Edward Flatman, Warfare, John Allen Giles pt 3, Jane Sinkins, Marchants House, Mr Gladstone.


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Yearbook 18

Captain Charles Jolliffe by John Jolliffe, Sir Charles Oatley’s Memories of Frome, The Witches of Beckington by Andrew Pickering

Year 18

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Yearbook 17

Downside Abbey, The Frome Show, Frome’s WWI Tank, A visit to Stonehenge, Frome in WWII,  104 pp mostly in colour

Year 17

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Yearbook 16

Sold out but available together with Yearbook 6 as a pdf on CD

Year 16 cd

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Yearbook 15

The world of Samuel Daniel, the Weaver  family of Hemington  and Frome, Jack Lauterwasser: Olympic Silver Medallist, and other articles.

Year 15

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Yearbook 14

Memoirs of an American GI, the Portrait of Bishop Thomas Ken,  letters  to Lord Carlingford by his Steward, Secrets of  the Linen Press

Year 14

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Yearbook 13

St. Aldhelm: his life and work, the Theshers of Frome (Part 2), Marston’s Antique Maps, Vallis Limestone Quarries, the Woollen Industry in Frome

Year 13

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Yearbook 12

This celebrates 50 years of the Frome Society for Local Study with articles on the first 21 years, a superb collection of drawings of Marston etc by Gerard LaRoche.

Year 12

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Yearbook 11

Mells 1916-30 remembered; The Thrashers of Frome; Dean Ramsay in Frome and Rodden; Bellerica Farm; A Schoolmaster’s Appointment, etc.

Year 11

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Yearbook 10

The Old Rectory,Corsley; Early Memoirs of Frome; Evacuees in Frome during the Second World War; Witham Friary Monumental insriptions, etc.

Year 10

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Yearbook 9

The Sage of Marston; Memoirs of Henley Grove; The Piggeries and Hooper’s Close; Henry Dowling ‘the Boots’;  Seven Somerset Church Towers, etc.

Year 9

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Yearbook 8

The Dowling family, The Cockeys of the West Country, Whitehole Farm Leigh on Mendip, Frome’s Achilles Motor Cars, Limpley Stoke

Year 8

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Yearbook 7

Hapsford House Great Elm, Fussells Iron Works Mells, Longleat below stairs, William Beckfords gardens at Witham Fonthill and Lansdown

Year 7

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Yearbooks 6  (cd)
Sold out, but available together with Yearbook 16 as a pdf on CD

Year 6 cd

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Yearbook 5
Sewards of Frome, St Mary’s Orchardleigh, Cloford Manor House, Riot at Frome, Sheppards Cloth makers

Year 5

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Yearbooks 1-4
Yearbooks 1-4 are out of print but we have made PDF versions of them which can be downloaded here





Our current Yearbook 24 published 2021