People

Celebrated People

Frome has been visited by many noteworthy people, men and women, and the town has been often chosen by them as their home. Frome Heritage Museum holds many documents, photographs and portraits of these people from King Edred in the 10th century to Jenson Button in the 21st century. Here are some of them:

Sir Benjamin Baker
Sir Benjamin Baker 150 150 Frome Heritage Museum

Recent exhibitions about J W Singer and Sir Benjamin Baker have been called ‘Casting the World’ and ‘Bridging the World’.

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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

Another famous and much more recent son of Frome is the 2009 Formula 1 world champion, Jenson Button.

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King Eadred’s Death
King Eadred’s Death 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 1868 – 1928
Mary Baily 1868 – 1928 150 150 Frome Heritage Museum

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

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