A Timeline of Yeovil

By Tim Lambert

8th Century The Saxons conquer south Somerset and found Yeovil.

1086 Yeovil has grown into a busy little market town with a population of about 1,000

1205 Yeovil is given a charter (a document granting the people certain rights)

1348 The Black Death devastates Yeovil

1349 A riot takes place in St Johns Church

Early 15th century Yeovil is granted 2 annual fairs

1477 Almshouses are built with money left by John Woburn

1499 Yeovil is devastated by a fire

1620 Yeovil is devastated by another fire

1643 Yeovil suffers another fire but the town recovers. Glove-making in Yeovil flourishes.

1646-47 Yeovil suffers an outbreak of plague

1685 Following a failed rebellion 8 people are hung, drawn, and quartered at Yeovil

1744 Yeovil gains a grammar school. Glove-making continues to be the main industry.

1801 The population of Yeovil is 2,800

1830 A body of men is formed with powers to pave, clean, and light the streets of Yeovil

1831 Riots in Yeovil over a refusal to reform elections. The glove industry in Yeovil is booming.

1846 Holy Trinity Church is built

1849 A new Town Hall is built

1853 The railway reaches Yeovil

1856 Yeovil is made a borough and gains a mayor

1872 A hospital is built in Yeovil

1882 Petters Oil Engines begins production in Yeovil

1888 A cheese and butter marketing company comes to Yeovil

1901 Yeovil has a population of 11,000

1935 Yeovil Town Hall burns down

1962 Reckleford Fire Station is built

1963 Yeovil College is built

1969 Maltravers House is built

1973 Summerland Hospital is built

1974 The Octagon Theatre opens

1988 The Quedam Centre is built

2001 The population of Yeovil is 41,000.