YEOVIL NEWS: Farewell to the life and soul of the party

YEOVIL NEWS: Farewell to the life and soul of the party

Posted: 7th March 2021
TRIBUTES have poured in for well-known Yeovil comedian Jimmy Quinn who died last month after a bravely fought battle with dementia. Jimmy passed away at the age of 75 on February 23 at a Taunton nursing home less than three years after he was first diagnosed with the illness. He had spent many years in the Royal Navy and had served in the Falklands War of 1982 and later…

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YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 8: Flowers aplenty for Valentine’s Day

YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 8: Flowers aplenty for Valentine’s Day

Posted: 14th February 2021
FOR flowers on Valentine’s Day in Yeovil we look at James Harold Llewellyn who was a florist and greengrocer of the High Street and Middle Street. James Llewellyn moved to Yeovil in the early 1900s with his wife Emmeline and they set up a shop in Middle Street. He had two entries in Collins’ Yeovil Directory of 1907 as a florist and as a greengrocer and fruiterer with…

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YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 7: Lovers’ Lane does not necessarily fall into the Valentine’s theme

YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 7: Lovers’ Lane does not necessarily fall into the Valentine’s theme

Posted: 14th February 2021
FOR love on Valentine’s Day in Yeovil we look at Lovers’ Lane – the lane which cuts off the corner between Hendford Hill and the Dorchester Road. Lovers’ Lane has also been known, in the past, as Crewkerne Hollow, the Old Holloway and simply Old Hollow. But it seems certain that the lower level of Lovers’ Lane, together with Rustywell on the other side of Hendford Hill…

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YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 6: Grove Avenue was originally not even in Yeovil

YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 6: Grove Avenue was originally not even in Yeovil

Posted: 13th February 2021
  GROVE Avenue is one of Yeovil’s best known residential roads and was initially laid out during the 1890s in open fields at the eastern edge of Preston Lower Farm. The new road was named Grove Avenue after Grove House – a large 18th century grand house situated in Preston Road almost opposite the northern end of Grove Avenue. At the bottom of the gardens on the eastern…

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YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 5: Wonderful world of Whitby’s bookshop

YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 5: Wonderful world of Whitby’s bookshop

Posted: 12th February 2021
EBENEZER Whitby was born in 1815 in Yeovil and went on to open a much-loved bookstore in the town which sadly finally closed for good in the 1960s. In the early 1840s Ebenezer was in partnership with Benjamin Trenchard and the firm of Trenchard & Whitby traded as “Stationers, Booksellers and Printers” in Princes Street. Trenchard and his wife lived above the shop…

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YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 4: When a footbridge went over Clarence Street

YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 4: When a footbridge went over Clarence Street

Posted: 11th February 2021
ONE road in Yeovil town centre which has changed greatly over the years and is virtually unrecognisable today to what it was 60 or so years ago is Clarence Street. An early 1806 map of the town does show Clarence Street, although it is not named and back then it was called Park Lane. Just off to the west of what was called Park Lane was Clarence Place – a small terrace…

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YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 3: The Armoury pub was a real armoury

YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 3: The Armoury pub was a real armoury

Posted: 10th February 2021
THE Armoury Inn pub building in Yeovil was originally built as – surprise, surprise – an armoury for the 16th Yeovil Rifle Volunteer Corps. In 1859 the Corps had a captain, lieutenant, ensign and about 60 other ranks. By 1870 the armoury in The Park was occupied by Drill Instructor Symes and his family and in 1908 it was occupied by Sergeant Instructor Thomas Clothier…

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YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 2: Minesweeping dangers for HMS Yeovil

YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 2: Minesweeping dangers for HMS Yeovil

Posted: 9th February 2021
HMS Yeovil was deployed shortly after the end of the First World War to carry out the dangerous task of minesweeping off the west coast of Scotland. Around 600 British warships, merchant ships and fishing vessels were lost to mines during the First World War of 1914-1918. One of the biggest threats to Britain’s survival during the war came from the Germans interrupting…

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YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 1A: Yeovil war hero saved Britain from another Zulu disaster

YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 1A: Yeovil war hero saved Britain from another Zulu disaster

Posted: 8th February 2021
 THE disastrous Battle of Isandlwana and the heroic defence of Rorke’s Drift are the most memorable events of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 probably due to the fact that they were later depicted in big screen movies. But alongside those two events came the somewhat little known Siege of Eshowe where British forces had to dig in and hold out for more than two months against…

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YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 1: A hero’s welcome on his return to Yeovil after Anglo-Zulu War

YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 1: A hero’s welcome on his return to Yeovil after Anglo-Zulu War

Posted: 8th February 2021
WHEN Colonel Charles Knight Pearson returned home to Yeovil after his actions in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 he received a hero’s welcome. The disastrous Battle of Isandlwana and the heroic defence of Rorke’s Drift are the most memorable events of the Anglo-Zulu War probably due to the fact that they were later depicted in big screen movies. But alongside those two events…

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