Visit Yeovil and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Yeovil, Somerset. An exceedingly busy town. The headquarters of West-land Aircraft, Europe's largest helicopter company. With leather-working rather than wool traditionally its main living, it was spared the slump caused to many other Somerset small towns by the growth of the North's textile industries in the 18th and 19th centuries. Since it became a borough in 1846, its population grew extensively. The Romans clearly liked its site in rolling fertile land beside the River Yeo.
Its older centre, which suffered greatly from fires in 1499, 1623 and 1640, and from Second World War bombs, is congested but worth visiting mainly for its Ham-stone church. Scarcely beautiful, it is, however, big and ruggedly impressive. Moreover, built c. 1380—90, it is older than most of its size. It contains an outstanding l5th-century brass lectern, and the War Memorial window in the north aisle is intriguing.
About ¼ mile South West of the church, the museum in Henford Manor has a good collection of firearms and local Roman finds; and the walk to it, via George Street past the municipal buildings (1926) and matching Post Office, shows quite a handsome bit of the town.
Other buildings worth seeing: Abbey Farm with medieval Ham-stone tithe barn, on the western edge of the town, beside the Ilminster road; Newton Surmaville, an early-llth-century manor house, just South East of the main railway station; the Roman Catholic church in Higher Kingston (about ¼ mile North of the parish church), which is pleasant neo-Gothic (1897—9). Babylon Hill, just East of the town, is a good viewpoint and was the scene of a Civil War skirmish.
Two miles West, Brympton d'Evercy, now a school, is one of the most attractive places in Somerset: a fine mainly 16th- and l7th-century house claiming the longest straight staircase in England; beside it a good church, chiefly 14th-century.
Nearby towns: Castle Cary, Crewkerne, Langport, Sherborne
Nearby villages: Bradford Abbas, Chelborough, Chetnole, Chinnock, Chiselborough, Corscombe, East Chinnock, East Coker, Halstock, Haselbury Plucknett, Haydon, Hinton St. George, Ilchester, Kingsbury Episcopi, Kingsdon, Knole, Leigh, Lillington, Long Burton, Long Load, Long Sutton, Marston Magna, Martock, Melbury Bubb, Middle Chinnock, Misterton, Montacute, Mosterton, Mudford, North Cadbury, Over Compton, Pitney, Pointington, Queen Camel, South Barrow, South Cadbury, South Perrott, South Petherton, Sparkford, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Sutton Bingham, Sutton Montis, Tintinhull, Trent, West Chinnock, West Coker, Yeovilton, Yetminster
Have you decided to visit Yeovil or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Yeovil bed and breakfast (a Yeovil B&B or Yeovil b and b)
- a Yeovil guesthouse
- a Yeovil hotel (or motel)
- a Yeovil self-catering establishment, or
- other Yeovil accommodation