Black plaque № 8496 in Frome

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Gentle Street. Paved in its entirety with stone setts and once a major entry, goes back to the origins of Frome in the 7th century. Here St. Aldhelm trod and the Saxons had a look-out. Mediaeval men called it Hunger Lane because of its steepness. Later the Gentle family gave their name to it and the London coach left from the Waggon & Horses Yard. This plaque is given by the Frome Society for Local Study to commemorate the repaving of this historic way by Somerset County Council in 1987. The contractors were Winterbourne Excavations Ltd., of Bristol, and the mason Brian Mahon, assisted by Michael O'Loughlin.
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