the history of yeovil's pubs
One of Yeovil's architecturally uninspired 1950's estate pubs. It has been struggling for years and is now (2012) closed and for sale. I did visit once - in the mid-1970's - and it was so unwelcoming I never dared return.
Only one licensee is known - Victor Cook was licensee of the Full Moon in Wine Street for twenty years or so before leaving in 1954 to run the newly-opened Milford Inn but by 1960 he was running the Volunteer Inn in Hendford.
The following is from the Western gazette of 13 January 2011 -
Pub flats scheme
An application to demolish a Yeovil pub building and replace it with a block of flats have been resubmitted to planners. Planning permission was granted in 2008 to replace the Milford Inn, on Milford Road, with 13 two-bedroom flats in a "two and a half storey" building. A three-year deadline for work to start on the development expired on January 11, and the new application seeks to renew the 2008 permission. The development could lead to more than £77,000 towards community and leisure facilities as part of a planning agreement.
Thanks to Tim of Orkney for the following, the second paragraph especially answering a lot of people's questions!! - "I lived at 109 Milford Road with my parents from 1960 until 1984. When I left Yeovil College in 1975 I went to Bournemouth College to study for a Diploma in Business Studies. During one vacation I worked as a barman at the Milford Inn. I left fairly quickly because I found myself working for a totally unscrupulous landlord.
I discovered after a short time, that he had devised an ingenious device which, when inserted into a partly empty keg of Bass Special, would enable him to pour all the beer slops back into the cask! What was really strange that that the largely local customers never complained about the beer. On the other hand perhaps it explains why the place largely had only local customers! "
Photographed in 1960 by Charrington & Co Ltd's surveyors as part of a 'stocktaking' exercise of photographing Brutton's pubs prior to the brewery takeover.
Courtesy of Chris Rendell
The Milford Inn photographed in 1989.
The Milford Inn photographed in 2012.
1957 – V Cook
Milford Inn – by
1960 Victor Cook
the Volunteer Inn in Hendford
1960 – Licensee not named (1960 Yeovil Directory) listed as Milford Inn
1965 – Licensee not named (1965 Yeovil Directory) listed as Milford Inn
1968 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1968 Directory) listed as Milford Inn
1969 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1969 Directory) listed as Milford Inn
1970 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1970 Directory) listed as Milford Inn
1971 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1971 Directory) listed as Milford Inn
1972 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1972 Directory) listed as Milford Inn
1973 – Licensee not named (Kelly’s 1973 Directory) listed as Milford Inn
1974 – Licensee not named (1974 Yeovil Directory) listed as Milford Inn
1987 – Licensee not named (Denton’s 1987 Directory) listed as Milford Inn