king george street

king george street

The 'new' road linking High Street and South Street

 

King George Street, named after George V, was constructed between High Street and South Street, in the early 1920's, just east of George Court - an alley so-named because it originally ran behind the George Inn in High Street (not to be confused with the later-named George Inn in Middle Street). Initially only municipal offices were constructed along the western side of the new King George Street and opened in 1928, meaning they ran alongside the Town Hall in High Street.

The municipal offices were designed and built by local architects Petter and Warren. The building is Neo-Georgian, of fifteen bays width and two storeys with a cupola. Unfortunately the Town Hall and most of the Market House was destroyed by fire in 1935 and the only part of it remaining is a small portion of wall behind Borough Arcade.

A municipal museum was created above the Borough Library at the southern end of the new municipal buildings, chiefly in order to display the Roman finds from the Westland Roman Villa site, including the mosaic floor. The library was replaced by a new, purpose-built building in 1986 on the southeast corner of King George Street.

The buildings on the eastern side of King George Street were not opened until 1932 and were all initially occupied by the Post Office. Barclays Bank took over part of this building in 1965.

 

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A 1928 aerial photograph of King George Street with South Street at left and High Street at right. Note that at this time only the municipal offices at centre, on the western side of the road, had been built. The post office building on the eastern side of the road would not open until 1932.

 

The official programme for the opening of the new Municipal Buildings on 7 June 1928.

 

So who remembers Barclay's Bank being on the corner of King George Street? as seen in this photograph of  High Street taken in 1931.

 


From my collection

A postcard of King George Street, taken from High Street and looking towards South Street. Although you can't see it in this image, the car's registration is YO6938 - dating this postcard to around 1928.

 


From my collection

King George Street, photographed from South Street, in a postcard sent in 1952.

 

Looking down King George Street from High Street in the 1960s. At the far end is the Newnam Hall at left and the Baptist church at right.

 


Courtesy of Chris Rendell

King George Street seen, with cars and the pedestrian crossing, from the Borough in 1985. At this time the council had left the municipal offices which were up for sale - the 'For Sale' sign is just visible above the first parked car.

 

King George Street photographed around 1935. By this time the post office building, running the length of the new street, had been open for about three years.

 


Courtesy of Jack Sweet

A late 1960's photograph of the southern end of the municipal buildings which, at the time, housed the library. The portakabin seen at left housed the children's library at the end seen in the photo and more council offices, including mine, in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

 


From my collection
This photograph features in my book 'Yeovil From Old Photographs'.

A 1970's postcard of King George Street - just how I remember it when I worked in the Municipal Offices during the 1970s and 1980s.

 


From my collection

Another 1970's postcard of King George Street but looking south towards South Street.

 

There was a fair bit of snow in February 1978.

 


Courtesy of the Western Gazette

King George Street photographed in 1985. At this time my office window was the central one on the ground floor of the municipal offices at left - now the doorway to the Halifax.

 


Courtesy of Rob Baker

The steel frame of the new library on the corner of King George Street and South Street takes shape. Photographed in 1985.

 


Courtesy of Rob Baker

The steel frame viewed from South Street. Photographed in 1985.

 


Photograph by Trevor Hussey, courtesy of Mrs Anne Hussey

Photographed in 1990.

 

The municipal offices, now the Halifax, in King George Street photographed in 2013. The same number of vehicles as the 1935 photo above despite it now being pedestrianised.

 

The Post Office and Barclays bank on the eastern side of King George Street, photographed in 2013. Originally the whole of the new building was used by the Post Office and opened in 1932.

 

The new library takes shape on the corner of King George Street and South Street in 1988.

 

The library photographed in 2016.