the history of yeovil's pubs
Mudford Road / St Michaels Avenue
The Fleur de Lys was built in the mid-1950's to serve the Mudford Road / St Michaels Avenue area where much inter- and post-war housing was being developed. In that sense it is a typical 'estate' pub of the period, red brick under a tiled roof in much the same vein as the Green Dragon, Milford Inn, Royal Standard and the Sun.
In recent years the Fleur de Lys has had several changes of licensee and has spent a fair period of time closed, but is now open once again.
The following is part of an article from the Western Gazette of 4 January 1993 (and it could have been published last week!) -
Glum licensee Richard Stallard was chairman of LVA's Yeovil branch when it went under. And as his staff at the Fleur de Lys prepare to open the doors again, he reflects on the pressures which are driving more and more publicans to the wall. "This is the first time we have actually experienced a recession in this trade," he says. "Like anyone else in the leisure industry we rely on spare cash. I have always said that this was the last trade to suffer and the first to recover but the number of pubs that operate on a food basis has changed that. People say there is money in food but after all the legislation there is not. I have been a landlord for 30 years and now the EC tells me that I am not qualified to make a sandwich. It is absurd." The new food and hygiene regulations have hit hard, especially with the public's changing perception of pubs. More people than ever expect to be able to walk into a pub at any time and order food.
The Fleur de Lys closed during the summer of 2014 and is now a Co-op outlet.
Courtesy of Chris Rendell
The Fleur de Lys photographed in 1989.
From my collection
Advertisement for the Fleur de Lys from the Visitor, June 1993.
The Fleur-de-Lys photographed in 2009....
Courtesy of Vivien and John Cornelius
.... and again in 2009.
... and again in 2013.
.... and in February 2015 - being converted to another convenience store.
.... and in its guise as a Co-op convenience store. Photographed in 2017.
1957 – RC Brown
listed as Fleur
De Lys. In the
late 1940's and
1950's Mr Brown had been licensee of the Red Lion in Kingston.
1960 – RC Brown (1960 Yeovil Directory) listed as Fleur De Lys
1965 – Licensee not named (1965 Yeovil Directory) listed as Fleur De Lys
1968 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1968 Directory) listed as Fleur De Lys Hotel
1969 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1969 Directory) listed as Fleur De Lys Hotel
1970 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1970 Directory) listed as Fleur De Lys Hotel
1971 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1971 Directory) listed as Fleur De Lys Hotel
1972 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1972 Directory) listed as Fleur De Lys Hotel
1973 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1973 Directory) listed as Fleur De Lys Hotel
1974 – Licensee not named (1974 Yeovil Directory) listed as Fleur De Lys
1986 – Richard Stallard (Advertisement)
1993 – Richard & Janet Stallard (Advertisement)