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St Michael's Avenue

 

Another of those architecturally dreary estate pubs of the 1950’s (like the Milford Inn, the Sun, the (second) Fleur de Lys and the (second) Royal Standard) that were built to serve the new estates being constructed as part of the ever-expanding Yeovil town. As a consequence most, like the Green Dragon, were populated with a very local clientele who tended to cold-shoulder strangers.

It opened on 18 December 1957 with the Western Gazette calling it "Yeovil's most modern public house". The opening ceremony was performed by Mrs Pope, wife of the Chairman of the brewers Eldridge Pope & Co of Dorchester. The first landlord was Percy Hawkins who had previously run the Greyhound Hotel in South Street.

Not much else to say really, I visited a few times in the past and it was absolutely dreadful and appeared to be run by teenagers for their mates.

February 2016 - closed and demolished. Even though I loathe to see pubs disappear, in my experience this was not really a great loss - every time I visited it was dire.

 

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Courtesy of Chris Rendell

The Green Dragon photographed in 1989.

 


From my collection

An advertisement for the Green Dragon in the 15 May 1997 edition of the Yeovil Express & Star.

 

The Green Dragon photographed in 2009. Sadly new windows didn't make a lot of difference to the dreadful ambience inside.

 

... and again in 2013.

 

.... and in February 2016.

 

Photographed 1 March 2016.

 

Photographed 1 March 2016.

 

Photographed 1 March 2016.

 

The new St Michael's Avenue Co-op on the site of the Green Dragon. Photographed August 2016.

 

licensees

 

1957 – Percy Hawkins (1957 Yeovil Directory) listed as Green Dragon. Percy Hawkins had
            been the licensee of the Greyhound Inn in South Street from at least 1936.
1960 – Licensee not named (1960 Yeovil Directory) listed as Green Dragon
1965 – Licensee not named (1965 Yeovil Directory) listed as Green Dragon
1968 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1968 Directory) listed as Green Dragon Hotel
1969 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1969 Directory) listed as Green Dragon Hotel
1970 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1970 Directory) listed as Green Dragon Hotel
1971 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1971 Directory) listed as Green Dragon Hotel
1972 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1972 Directory) listed as Green Dragon Hotel
1973 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1973 Directory) listed as Green Dragon Hotel
1974 – Licensee not named (1974 Yeovil Directory) listed as Green Dragon Hotel
2012 – Recently under new management and still trading as the Green Dragon.

2016 – Demolished.