High Street shopping in Frodsham
PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 September 2013 | UPDATED: 13:45 20 December 2014
Bags of character, some famous faces and a thriving cultural scene make this a unique location.
A stroll through Frodsham with its delightfully varied architecture and buzzing atmosphere is a good way to discover more about the attractions of this interesting town.
There’s something for everyone to enjoy here whether it is mooching around the small businesses and shops, or enjoying a drink in a beautiful half-timbered inn or lunch in a contemporary bar.
Frodsham has a long history but in recent times has become famed as the birthplace of Take That’s Gary Barlow. And he isn’t the only celebrity who has lived in the town. Those who recall fondly the TV programme Tiswas are sure to want to visit to Bob Carolgees’ candle shop at the local craft centre for example. Daniel Craig lived here too - albeit leaving when he was only four-years-old.
Other notable residents include Calendar Girls’ playwright and William Charles Cotton who introduced beekeeping to New Zealand in the 19th century and who is the inspiration behind the town’s annual Bee Festival in spring.
It’s certainly a location with history in spades, essentially a market town but with a past as a medieval borough and port belonging to the Earls of Chester, playing a vital role in the export of Cheshire salt. The site of the local manor house was Castle Park, which is now the location for the local arts centre. The Castle Park Arts Centre houses three galleries, craft units, coffee shop and workshop spaces. It is used for a range of events, workshops and classes for people of all ages.
Frodsham is certainly has a thriving cultural life - Weaver Words for example is the successful literature festival which will be held in April with a fundraiser for the event planned for September 28 at Frodsham Community Centre.
The literal translation of the Old English would give personal name of Frod or an old spelling of Ford, and ham which means a village or homestead; hence Frod’s village or the Village on the Ford (Ford-ham). However, an alternative, more obscure etymology exists which suggests the name means ‘“promontory into marsh’”, which would make sense considering that Frodsham had a promontory castle very close to marshland.
In medieval times Frodsham was an important borough and port belonging to the Earls of Chester its parish church, St. Laurence’s, still exhibits evidence of a building present in the 12th century in its nave and is referenced in the Domesday Book
Where is Frodsham
It is approximately three miles south of Runcorn, 16 miles south of Liverpool, and 28 miles southwest of Manchester. The River Weaver runs to its northeast and on the west it overlooks the estuary of the River Mersey. The A56 road and the Chester–Manchester railway line passes through the town, and the M56 motorway passes to the northwest.