Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and around Frome

Mick Davies, David Lassman

The Somerset town of Frome might top national polls as a great place to live and enjoy a reputation as the epitome of cool, with Hollywood A-listers regularly spotted on its street and global rock-stars playing its venues, but the place hasn't always been so ‘chic' and behind this modern-day façade lies a more sinister and foul past; full of murder
Date Published :
November 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
25 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781526706041
Pages : 136
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The Somerset town of Frome might top national polls as a great place to live and enjoy a reputation as the epitome of cool, with Hollywood A-listers regularly spotted on its street and global rock-stars playing its venues, but the place hasn’t always been so ‘chic’ and behind this modern-day façade lies a more sinister and foul past; full of murder, kidnapping, rioting, witchcraft and rebellion, among the other nefarious activities that have taken place over the centuries in the town and surrounding areas.

Indeed, the very existence of Frome is down to acts of criminality; as it has been said the reason Saint Aldhelm built his Saxon church in the first place, thus bringing the market town into being, was to ‘civilise’ the outlaws and bandits who roamed the interior of Selwood Forest; the huge tract of woodland which encircled the land that became the original settlement.

Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and Around Frome chronicles fourteen foul but fascinating stories that includes the Frome vicar who wrote the most significant book on witchcraft, influencing everyone from The Great Beast himself, Aleister Crowley, to the perpetrators of the Salem witch trials; the key turning point in the Monmouth Rebellion; the last person to be publicly hanged outside Taunton gaol; a war veteran’s triple tragedy; and the violent and brutal pitched battle that was the culmination of a long-running feud between the local populace and the Salvation Army.

You will never look at Frome the same way again.

About The Author
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Mick Davis was brought up in Plymouth and Uxbridge before finding gainful employment with one of London's top criminal defence lawyers. Mick moved to Frome in 2006 and now divides his time between dabbling in property, volunteering at Frome Museum and researching and writing full time. He is co-author of 'The Historic Inns of Frome' published by Akeman Press in 2015 and 'The Awful Killing of Sarah Watts' (with David Lassman) published by Pen & Sword in 2018.

DAVID LASSMAN was born in Bath. He began his writing career freelancing for newspapers and magazines, before studying screenwriting at Bournemouth University. He spent three and a half years on a Greek island writing his first novel, is a former director of the International Jane Austen Festival and was a founding trustee of Frome Writers Collective. He is also the author of _Frome in the Great War_ and co-creator of _The Regency Detective_ series. He moved to Frome in 2011.

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