Frodsham in 1837
Frodsham is 191 miles north-west from London ; the population is 1,746. This township is pleasantly situated on a rising ground at the foot of the hills which border on Delamere Forest, near the junction of the Weaver and the Mersey. Salt works and cotton manufactures are the chief employments of the inhabitants. The town is formed chiefly by two streets which intersect each other, and there is a graving-dock and yard for building and repairing vessels. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester ; the patron is Christ Church, Oxford : it is of the annual value of £590. The church is a fine ancient structure. Beacon Hill has some pleasant walks and fine views. On a site now occupied by a handsome modern mansion, stood formerly at the west end of the town a castle which Edward I gave to David Llewelyn, the last sovereign prince of Wales, which was afterwards held by the earls of Rivers, and was destroyed by fire in 1642. The parish of Frodsham is about thirty miles in circumference, and it contains eight townships. It abounds in springs, and produces large quantities of potatoes, which are used chiefly by the manufacturers of Lancashire. The Wesleyan Methodists have a meeting-house in Frodsham. There free-school, the salary of which is £100, and the teacher has besides a good house in Overton. There is also a charity for the relief of the orphans and widows of the clergy.