Photo Sharing Session to help unearth Yeovil Country Park history

Local residents are being invited by South Somerset District Council to share old photographs of Yeovil Country Park as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Project V3; inVolve, Visit, Volunteer.

On Tuesday 17 January, Rangers of Yeovil Country Park will be holding a photo sharing session at the Ninesprings Café between 9:30am and 11:30am.

Old photographs, postcards or newspaper articles relating to Yeovil Country Park, including Ninesprings, Penn Hill, Summerhouse Hill, Wyndham Hill or Riverside are being asked for by the Countryside Team who manages the park.

The images would be used on new information boards, site leaflets, displays, presentations and social media to enable other people to discover the valuable heritage of the park.

Staff from the District Council's Community Heritage Access Centre will be on hand to assist the Countryside Rangers. Refreshments will be available for those who share their artefacts while they are scanned. All items will be returned straight away.

Becky Russell, Community Ranger at Yeovil Country Park said, "As part of the Heritage Lottery Project, we have had the exciting task of working with our volunteers to uncover the heritage in the Ninesprings Valley Gardens and to restore the Victorian pleasure gardens for future enjoyment. It has been fascinating to discover hidden springs and restore lost vistas. 

"People have come forward with fascinating stories and unseen images of the park from the past during this project and we are holding this event to invite more people to come forward with their images and memories to share with us and visitors to the park."

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture at South Somerset District Council added, "The photo sharing session will enable more people to discover Yeovil Country Park's interesting heritage and allow for the Countryside Team to gather more evidence to illustrate the past of the park. We very much look forward to hearing from and seeing residents during the session."

Hendford Line

Photo above: Access to Ninesprings was gained from a footpath across the tracks from the Railway Hotel and remains to this day. BR Standard 3 2-6-2T 82040 was hauling the 12.56 train from Taunton to Yeovil Pen Mill in April 1964.

Glovers In Dodham Brook

Photo above: Glovers in Dodham Brook - Unemployed glovers clearing out Dodham Brook around 1930. Herbert George 'Bert' Jukes at top left holding a spade handle, is enjoying a rare spell of sunshine and fresh air with his fellow workers. At times when the gloving industry was in recession, useful work like flood prevention provided temporary alternative employment. It is alleged that some of the Barwick Follies were constructed in similar circumstances.  (Ansell, Robin and Barnes, Marion, The Archive Photographs Series Around Yeovil, (Stroud, Gloucestershire), 1995, p.39