the history of yeovil's pubs





coopers mill

Brunswick Street


A modern pub close to the Horsey roundabout which, because it is not close to much housing, would appear to rely on passing trade.

It was converted from the buildings of the old Nichols' lambskin dressing factory and first opened in 1989 under the name of The Hendford. The name was changed to Coopers Mill in 1993.

The following is taken from an article in the Western Gazette of 1 November 2001 -

Pub blaze landlord praised for actions

A quick-thinking landlord, left homeless after a blaze swept through his pub, has been praised for saving punters and staff. Crowds of onlookers gathered outside the Coopers Mill in Brunswick Street, Yeovil, at 8pm on Monday as 80 firefighters fought the flames, believed to have been sparked by an electrical fault. Crews arrived to find smoke billowing from the old buildings loft space. At one point firefighters on a hydraulic platform had to smash tiles to get at the fire in the roof.

Managers Steve and Anna Almond ushered out customers eating in the bar's restaurant before the fire took hold. Until May, the pub was owned by Whitbread but is now part of the Giant's Plate chain run by the Laurel pub company. Spokesman Sharon Sullivan paid tribute to Mr and Mrs Almond who lived at the pub and are temporarily staying with friends.




Courtesy of the Western Gazette

Nichols' lambskin dressing factory photographed in 1977 at which time the new police station roundabout was under construction.


Courtesy of Chris Rendell

Photographed in 1989 as the newly-opened Hendford.


An early 1990's photograph of Coopers Mill.


Firefighters tackle the blaze at Coopers Mill in 2001.


Coopers Mill photographed in 2009.


Coopers Mill photographed in 2009.


Coopers Mill photographed in 2009.