Frome People & Working Memories

Celebrated People

Frome is the birthplace of several noteworthy people and other celebrated men and women made the town their home.

The Museum holds many documents, photographs and portraits, ranging from King Eadred in the 10th century to Jenson Button in the 21st century.

Sylvia Green
Sylvia Green 150 150 Frome Heritage Museum

Sylvia Green, born in 1915, was a noted artist, book illustrator, ballet lover, embroiderer and designer.

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Sir Benjamin Baker
Sir Benjamin Baker 150 150 Frome Heritage Museum

Benjamin Baker, a renowned Victorian engineer born in Frome, is most famous for his work on the Forth Rail Bridge, declared in 2016 to be ‘Scotland’s greatest man-made wonder’.

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Duke of Monmouth declared King in Frome
Duke of Monmouth declared King in Frome 150 150 Frome Heritage Museum

So declared the Duke of Monmouth, the Protestant illegitimate son of Charles II, as he started out on his ill-fated voyage to Lyme Regis en route to a military engagement with the Catholic James II on the Somerset Levels near Westonzoyland.

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Jenson Button
Jenson Button 150 150 Frome Heritage Museum

The 2009 Formula 1 world champion, Jenson Button, was born in Frome.

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King Eadred
King Eadred 150 150 Frome Heritage Museum

Eadred was a grandson of Alfred the Great and was born around AD 923.

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Mary Baily
Mary Baily 150 150 Frome Heritage Museum

Born in Frome, Mary Baily gifted the playing fields now named after her in her Will as a recreation ground for the children of Frome. 

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Working Memories

The Home in Frome community group was formed in 2009. Over 80 local residents were interviewed between 2009 and 2012 about their working lives in the past. These interviews form the Working Memories archive.