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Uncovering the past in the Yeovil area…

YALHS was founded in 1954 and has been involved in many projects and studies to uncover the past of this part of South Somerset over the intervening years.

The society meets on the first Friday of each month from October to May at 7:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, YEOVIL, BA20 2BU to listen to an interesting selection of speakers on a very diverse range of historical and archaeological subjects with local relevance.

During the summer months the society organises various activities including visits to archaeological excavations and places of archaeological and historical interest.


YALHS Members

Cerne Abbas Walkabout

Sunday 5th September – led by Brian and Moira Gittos. Members should meet outside the parish church at 2:30 pm. The will be a limit of 25 on those attending and so prior booking is necessary. The walkabout will last about 1½ hours. To book Email

YALHS are pleased that we are now able to resume our winter talks

On 1st October at 7:30pm Graham Mottram is giving a talk ‘Henry Hunts Mistress Revealed’, a juicy story of Georgian scandal.

Background ‘Henry Hunt was involved with the Peterloo massacre in 1819, and jailed in Ilchester jail. His mistress attempted to visit him there, but was banned. Hunt’s anger against the jailer was one of the reasons that eventually brought about the closure of Ilchester Jail. Who was the lady involved?’

The talk is being held at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, YEOVIL, BA20 2BU. Guests £2 at the door. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to serve refreshments.

You are asked to follow the Holy Trinity Church COVID-19 rules:
(1)Sanitize your hands when arriving at the building and at each sanitize station.
(2)Masks to be worn in the passage ways and may be removed once you are in the meeting room, after you have registered your name with the Treasurer.
(3)Any chairs/tables used to be wiped down.


Read 200+ articles on the history and Archaeology of Yeovil and surrounding area, from the past 40 years.
Click here to start reading
Vol 1 – 1978-81 No1, No2, No3, No4, No5, No6
Vol 2 – 1981-84 No1, No2, No3, No4,No5,No6
Vol 3 – 1984-87 No1, No2, No3, No4, No5, No6

Historic England
400,000 of the Most Historically and Architecturally Significant Places in England. The Listing includes buildings, battlefields, monuments, parks, gardens, shipwrecks and more

What’s on at The Museum of Somerset? Details Here


Do you live in or near Yeovil? Are you interested in History and Archaeology?

Why not join YALHS? Membership is great value and entitles you to:

Attend all talks free of charge. (some visits may attract a small charge to cover entry fees etc)

A free copy of Chronicle, our society’s annual journal.

Regular Email updates on both our own and other Somerset historical and archaeological events.

Exclusive free access to the society’s extensive library.

If you wish to join our society please fill in a membership application form and send with a cheque to the address shown, alternatively come along to one of our regular meetings.

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Click here to see detailed programme.

Winter Talks-2019/20

Fri 3rd Jan 2020 – Members’ Evening – all welcome

Fri 7th Feb – The Magic of Somerset Carnivals

Fri 6th Mar – The Knights Templar

Fri 3rd Apr – Where’s the Glory – Mourning Story – Cancelled

Fri 1st May – A short AGM – followed by a talk – The Stalbridge House Site: An Update – Cancelled


June – Wolfeton House, Charminster – Cancelled
July – Langport Walkabout – Cancelled
August – Visit Nether Adber (Deserted Village) – Under Review
September – Visit Somerset & Dorset Family History Society – Under Review

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