the history of yeovil's pubs





barley mow

Frog Street


I have found only two references to the Barley Mow alehouse, is in the Turnpike Commissioners Minutes dated 1754 as follows "6 October 1754 - Repair of road from the new [Hendford] bridge by the Barley Mow towards the Market Place."

The bridge referred to was that in Hendford that was built over Dodham Brook, as seen on the map at left - the only pre-railway map of the area that I could find is this Tithe Map of the 1830's or 1840's - with the bridge section of the map enlarged below.

The second reference confirms the location of the Barley Mow; a lease dated 28 August 1764 states ".... inheritance of William Rooks’ title for cottage in Frog Street or Addlewell, Yeovil, known as the Barley Mow...."

A lease dated 8 May 1819 refers to a cottage ".... by Addlewell Lane.... previously known as Barley Mow." Presumably the Barley Mow closed at an alehouse prior to this date or else had a name change.


Owners / Licensees


1764      William Rooks "of Yeovil, Glover" - owner (see above)