The Inn on Witham Common
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink wash on paper
Witham was a parish dominated by Witham Friary, the first Carthusian (a monastic order founded by St Bruno in 1086) house in England. The parish, five-and-a-half miles west of Frome, is crossed by the River Frome. This Georgian inn was one of many built on the roadside to accommodate travellers. Diarists often commented on the quality of an inn's rooms, food and drink, thus providing an 18th-century version of the modern-day travel guide.