Frodsham is a market town, civil parish and also electoral ward in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial area of Cheshire, England. Its population was 8,982 in 2001, raising to 9,077 at the 2011 Census. It is roughly 3 miles (5 kilometres) south of Runcorn, 16 miles (26 kilometres) south of Liverpool, and also 28 miles (45 km) southwest of Manchester. The River Weaver runs to its northeast as well as on the west it neglects the tidewater of the River Mersey. The A56 road and also the Chester-- Manchester railway line go through the community, and the M56 freeway passes to the northwest. In medieval times Frodsham was an essential borough and port belonging to the Earls of Chester. Its parish church, St. Laurence's, still displays proof of a building present in the 12th century in its nave and is referenced in Domesday Book. A market is held each Thursday, as well as Frodsham's practicality as a trading centre was stressed by the presence of the "big five" getting rid of banks as well as a number of building societies, though the branches of HSBC as well as NatWest have recently shut. Development in the town's shops and also properties with alcohol permits appears through the current (post-2002) opening or modernisation of contemporary-style bar/restaurants, take-away food shops as well as pubs, and in the proceeded presence of little, specialist, companies running from town-centre shops.