is a town of enormous charm, with its steep, winding
streets, its wealth of beautiful old buildings and
its friendly, relaxed atmosphere. It has more listed
buildings than any other town in Somerset (357 at
the last count), many of them reminders of a rich
Wessex industrial history of cloth, agriculture
and country market trading. It remains the biggest
of the five Mendip towns and is renown for its thriving
Arts & Crafts community.
Bath (13 miles north), its history dates from
AD685, when St Aldhelm founded a mission on the
River Frome. The Frome continues to meander through,
passing the unique, Grade 1 Listed Blue House.
Frome has largely escaped insensitive redevelopment,
bequeathing it a legacy of 18th century cloth
merchants' homes and Trinity, one of the country's
best examples of industrial housing from the 1600s.
It is an ideal touring base for the many attractions
of the area, including stunning Stourhead and