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