Minor theme - Fields

Fields and Fieldnames

What field was your house built on?


and is an ongoing project to last several years.


OK, so not necessarily fields as some are parcels of land containing dwellings. The Yeovil Tithe Map of 1842 shows over 1,300 parcels and the Yeovil Tithe Apportionment of 1846 lists and describes 944 of them. The Preston Plucknett Tithe Map of 1849 shows 194 parcels and the Preston Plucknett Tithe Apportionment of 1848 lists and describes all 194.

Note 1: Throughout the Fields Minor Theme the field area abbreviations used in the Tithe Apportionments such as 4a 1r 15p - for an explanation of land measurements click here.

Note 2: The highlighted parcel names below have their own pages and clicking the highlighted name will jump to that parcel's page, be it a field, building, etc. Similarly owners and occupiers of fields listed in the Tithe Apportionments also have hyperlinks leading to their individual pages. It is hoped that, in time, all parcels, be they fields or buildings, will have individual pages fully integrated with owners' pages and occupiers' pages throughout this website.

For the 1589 Terrier - click here
For Tithe Maps & Tithe Apportionments - click here
For details on historic land measurement (ie acres, roods and perches) click here.


I've arbitrarily split Yeovil into several different areas simply to allow me to create maps of a suitable size to fit the individual web pages. Below left are listed the above areas with their respective fields while below right is an alphabetical list of all of Yeovil's fields.



This area is bounded by

  • Churchill

  • Corner Plot

  • Gore

  • Great Cowleaze

  • Great Pauley

  • Great Salmons

  • Hill, The

  • Home Close

  • Kitchen Mead

  • Little Cowleaze

  • Little Pauley

  • Little Salmons

  • Lower Sleight

  • Parks

  • Pig Barton Orchard

  • Salmon's Mead

  • Twelve Acres

  • Windmill Head

  • Young Orchard


This area is bounded by

  • field name


This area is bounded by

  • field name


This area is bounded by

  • field name

Marsh Hill

This area is bounded by

  • field name


This area is bounded by

  • field name


This area is actually a detached part of the Parish of Preston Plucknett, known as Preston in Stone.

Preston (North)

This area is bounded by Thorne Lane (north), Larkhill (east), Preston Road (south) and the Borough boundary (west).

  • Arable Dean
  • Broad Dean

  • Brown Hay

  • Church Acre

  • Cold Thorn

  • Cole's Ground

  • Deane

  • Field Dean

  • Eighteen Acres Sleight

  • Fields End

  • Furzey Close

  • Gazelby Mead

  • Grass Dean

  • Great Down

  • Great Furze Close

  • Greeney Close

  • Hackers Close

  • Higher Close

  • Higher Great Down

  • Higher Preston Field

  • Higher Sleight

  • Home Close

  • House Mead

  • Hundred Acre & Elis's

  • Hurdle Corner

  • Little Down

  • Long Close

  • Lower Close

  • Lower Crossways

  • Lower Great Down

  • Lower Preston Field

  • Lower Sleight

  • Moore's Ground

  • Mower's Croft Close

  • Nap Furlong

  • Pitt's Corner

  • Quarr Close

  • Sleight

  • Tuckers Close


This area is bounded by Larkhill Road (west), Thorne Lane (north), Ilchester Road (east) and Stiby Road (south).



This area is bounded by Larkhill Road (west), Stiby Road (north), Ilchester Road (east) and Preston Road (south).



This triangular area is bounded by Ilchester Road (east), Combe Street Lane (north) and Mudford Road (east).



This area is bounded by Mudford Road (west and north), St Michaels Avenue (east) and Milford Road (south).

  • Barn Close

  • Beacon

  • Brickyard

  • Brickyard Lane

  • Bullslough

  • Coggan's Orchard

  • Collins's

  • Furze Hedge

  • Goldspitt

  • Green Cross

  • Higher Goldspitt

  • Higher Milford

  • Higher Roping Path

  • Holloways

  • Little Goldspitt

  • Lower Beacon

  • Lower Goldspitt

  • Lower Milford

  • Lower Roping Path

  • Milford Cross

  • Old Nursery

  • Plantation

  • Plot

  • Roping Path

  • Seager's Nursery

  • Willetts

  • Williams Close



This area is bounded by

  • Briseham Hill

  • Bucklers Mead

  • Collins Ground

  • Cribhouse Ground

  • Daniells Close

  • East Swincombe

  • Furzey Close

  • Higher Loydes

  • Long Close

  • Lower Loydes

  • Loydes

  • Old Brickyard

  • Spitt Croft

  • Spring Close

  • Waindle Wood Plantation

  • West Swincombe

  • Young Orchard



This area is bounded by Borough boundary (north), River Yeo (east) and the former course of Lyde Brook to the south and west.


New Town

This area is bounded by Goldcroft (east), Milford Road (north), St Michael's Avenue (east), Sherborne Road (south)

Goar Knap

This area is bounded by St Michael's Avenue, St John's Road and Lyde Road

Lower Lyde

This area is bounded by

  • Against the River

  • Compton Hill Mead

  • Down

  • Down Lane

  • Eight Acres

  • Great Ground

  • Great Mead

  • Hanging Ground

  • Hornetts

  • Kiln

  • Markes Mead

  • Moor

  • Stubble Ground

  • Ten Acres



This area is bounded by Sherborne Road (southwest), Lyde Road (northwest), Vale Road and Lyde Lane (northeast) and the River Yeo (southeast).


Preston (South)

This area is bounded by Preston Road (north), Watercombe Lane (east), Borough boundary (west).  unfinished

  • Eight Acres

  • Grace Lay

  • Great Clover

  • Great Orchard

  • Haceraine Orchard

  • Higher Lessiter

  • Higher Manson

  • King's Head Acres

  • Long Manson

  • Manson Field

  • Payne's Close

  • Sicily Bush

  • Watts' Close

Preston (East)

This area, essentially the whole of the old Preston Lower Farm, is bounded by Preston Road (north), Watercombe Lane (west), Dodham Brook (south) and Dodham Tributary (east).



This area is bounded by

  • Anstice's Close

  • Anstice's Mead

  • Clover Field

  • Cockey's Mead

  • Cookson's Orchard

  • Daniell's Close

  • Doctor's Meadow

  • Dry Close

  • Everton's Mead

  • Francis Close

  • Furlong

  • Higher Blacklands

  • Higher New Close

  • Higher Northover

  • Higher Preston Close

  • Lower New Close

  • Long Mead

  • Lower Blacklands

  • Lower Northover

  • Lower Preston Close

  • Middle Field

  • Middle Northover

  • Parson's Close

  • Rodber's Close

  • Sherry's Mead (1)

  • Shortland's Mead

  • Symonds' Mead

  • Watercombe


This area is bounded on the north by Preston Road, the east by Kingston and Princes Street, to the southeast by Hendford, the southwest by Horsey Lane and Beer Street and in the northeast by Preston Plucknett.



This area is bounded by

  • Cheeseman's Close

  • Cocklands

  • Higher Bulls Close

  • Home Field

  • Kingston Orchard

  • Pound Close



This area is bounded by today's Sherborne Road (north and east), Newton Road (west) and the River Yeo (south).

Yew Tree

This area is bounded by West Coker Road (south) and Dodham Brook (north) an arbitrary line between the two (east) and the Parish of Brympton (west).

  • Bain's Marsh

  • Barn Close

  • Broad Leaze

  • Bullock's Copse

  • Carey's Hill  *

  • Dodge's Hill

  • Furze Naps

  • Great Elsons

  • Great Lincombe

  • Higher Carey's Hill

  • Home Field

  • Little Bain's Marsh

  • Little Hills

  • Little Leaze

  • Long Close

  • Middle Hills

  • Mount Pleasant

  • Plantation (1)

  • Plantation (2)

  • Plantation (3)

  • Summerleaze

  • Orchard, The

  • Wiseman's Close


This area is bounded by


This triangular-shaped area is bounded by West Coker Road (north), the Dorchester Road (east) and Turner's Barn Lane and Placket Lane (south).


This area is bounded by

  • Aldon Orchard

  • Barton Ground

  • Braggchurch

  • Footpath Field

  • Gage Hill

  • German's Grove

  • Home Close

  • Home Field

  • Mill Close

  • New Pond

  • Orchard

  • Pennt's Mead

  • Plantation

  • Plantation

  • Symond's Ground

  • Tucker's Mead



This area is bounded by

  • Brick Mead

  • Clifton Mead

  • Cowleaze

  • Crickets Ham

  • Five Acres

  • Four Acres

  • Great Rough Mead

  • Grove

  • Hanging Coppice

  • Hanging Sleight

  • Higher Newton Hill

  • Home Orchard

  • Horse Leaze

  • House Mead

  • Little Middle Hills

  • Little Rough Mead

  • Lower Newton Hill

  • Middle Paddock

  • Mill Orchard

  • Newton Copse

  • Orchard, The

  • Penny's Hill

  • Plantation

  • Pond Close

  • Rookery

  • Six Acre Orchard

  • Swing Gate

  • Ten Acres

  • Under Newton Hill

  • Yonder Paddock


Today this area lies in East Coker parish.

Alphabetical list of names




Medieval Sub-Fields of the Middle Field of Kingston Manor



Medieval Sub-Fields of the East Field of Kingston Manor




From my collection

It wasn't all that long ago that there were more fields than houses in Yeovil.

This postcard dates to about 1905 and shows, at centre, the chimney of the Eastland Road brickworks with its associated buildings clustered around its base. To its left is the leather works built by William Bide (recogniseable by the double roof with a row of six black windows). Running along the bottom of the photograph is Station Road with the Alexandra Hotel at bottom right. In the top half of the photo, Eastland Road runs behind the chimney with fields either side!!!