Frederick Charlwood Frye (1845-20 March 1914) was a grocer and politician.

Born in Saffron Walden, Essex ,[1][2] In 1870 he formed a business partnership of "Leverett, Frye and Scholding'", opening the first of a chain of grocery stores in Greenwich.[3] Frye took sole control of the company in 1880.[3] In 1892 the business was renamed "Leverett & Frye", and by 1894, when it became a limited company, it had 50 stores in England and Ireland, concentarting on opening shops in newly-developed suburbs.[3][4] Frye became president of the Metropolitan Grocers Association and in 1891 helped the Federation of Grocer's Associations of the United Kingdom.[3]

Frye was a progressive employer, operating a profit-sharing scheme with his employees and was on the Radical wing of the Liberal Party.[5] He became a member of the Metropolitan Board of Works,[6] and in 1889 was elected to the first London County Council as a Progressive Party councillor representing North Kensington.[7]

He stepped down from the council at the 1892 elections, having been nominated as Liberal candidate to contest the parliamentary seat of Kensington North. He was elected at the general election held later that year, serving one term in the House of Commons as a member of parliament before losing his seat in the next general election in 1895.[6] He later became an alderman of Kensington Borough Council.[6]

He retired to Worthing on the Sussex coast, where he died aged 68.[8][9]

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  2. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 1) [2]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 J S Aubrey, The grocery trade, its history and romance, Vol.II, Duckworth & Co, 1910, pp.241-242, 261-262 [3]
  4. London Gazette, issue 26344, October 14, 1892, p.5761
  5. Hugh Vincent Emy, Liberals, Radicals, and Social Politics, 1892-1914, CUP Archive, 1973, p.50 [4]
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Wills and Bequests". The Times: p. 11. 3 July 1914. 
  7. "The County Councils - London Polls". The Times: p. 9. 18 January 1889. 
  8. Register of Deaths, East Preston Registration District 1Q 1914, Vol.2b p.497
  9. London Gazette: no. 28846. p. 5230. 3 July 1914.