Yeovil at play

yeovil at play

Entertainment, Sport, etc in Yeovil's past


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Entertainments in brief


This notice for all-comers to take part in prize matches of 'Sword and Dagger' appeared in the edition of 4 September 1780 of the Salisbury & Winchester Journal. It should be noted that four guineas at 2017's value is in the region of £500, but even so....


"We understand that our town is about to be visited by Batty's celebrated Troop of Equestrians; fame speaks highly both of the wonderful feats of the Performers, and also of the beauty and docility of his splendid stud of horses, and we have no doubt that it will prove a high treat to the inhabitants of Yeovil and its neighbourhood." 
Sherborne Mercury, 18 March 1843

"On Saturday next, Hughes' Royal Mammoth and Grand Equestrian Establishment, intend paying this town a visit. Fame is loud in the praise of this unrivalled Company, and should the weather be favourable, we may anticipate that we shall be visited by a large concourse of persons from the adjacent neighbourhood to witness the entree, into our Town, of the most imposing cavalcade ever seen in Yeovil." 
Sherborne Mercury, 17 July 1847



Courtesy of Jack Sweet

If the Swords and Daggers didn't get you, the lads of the Yeovil Rifle Club might.


The Whitby's II skittle team, winners of the Liberal Club League and Cup three years running, pose for a celebratory photo around 1908.