Place:Yeovil, Somerset, England

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NameYeovil
TypeTown, Civil parish, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates50.942°N 2.633°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoSouth Somerset District, Somerset, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Yeovil is a town and civil parish in Somerset, England with a population of 45,000. The town lies within the non-metropolitan distict of South Somerset and is situated at the southern boundary of Somerset, 130 miles (210 km) from London, 40 miles (64 km) south of Bristol and 30 miles (48 km) from Taunton. Prior to the forming of the South Somerset District, Yeovil was a municipal borough.

Yeovil was on an old Roman road and was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as the town of "Givele" or "Ivle", and later became a centre for the glove-making industry. During the Middle Ages the population of the town suffered from the Black Death and several serious fires. In the 20th century it developed into a centre of the aircraft and defence industries, which made it a target for bombing in the Second World War. One of the largest employers was and is Westland Aircraft. Additionally, the Fleet Air Arm has a station RNAS Yeovilton (HMS Heron), the primary base of the Royal Navy's Westland Lynx and Sea King helicopters, several miles north of the town and is a major local employer (Ministry of Defence). Several other manufacturing and retail companies also have bases in the town.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Yeovil.

Research Tips

A Vision of Britain Through Time provides a gazetteer description of Yeovil, Somerset circa 1870.

  • The Somerset Heritage Centre (incorporating what was formerly the Somerset Record Office and the Somerset Local Studies Library) can be found at its new location at Langford Mead in Taunton. It has an online search facility leading to pages of interest, including maps from the First and Second Ordnance Survey (select "Maps and Postcards" from the list at the left, then enter the parish in the search box).
    The Heritage Centre has an email address: archives@somerset.gov.uk.
  • Three maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrate the changes in political boundaries over the period 1830-1945. All have expanding scales and on the second and third this facility is sufficient that individual parishes can be inspected.
  • Somerset Hundreds as drawn in 1832. This map was prepared before The Great Reform Act of that year. Note the polling places and representation of the various parts of the county.
  • Somerset in 1900, an Ordnance Survey map showing rural districts, the boundaries of the larger towns, the smaller civil parishes of the time, and some hamlets and villages in each parish
  • Somerset in 1943, an Ordnance Survey map showing the rural districts after the changes to their structure in the 1930s
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