Preston Plucknett

Preston Plucknett

Now part of Yeovil


Sir Alan Plugenet (or Ploknet) who gave Preston Plucknett his name, was excommunicated in 1315 for having refused to bury his mother according to her wishes and also for assaulting the Rural Dean and forcing him to eat the deed of citation.

The arms of Plugenet were ermine, a bend fusilly gules (on a field of the fur ermine, a red diagonal stripe made of lozenge shapes).

In 1856 Vickery wrote "Preston is a considerable parish one mile northwest from Yeovil, in the turnpike-road to Taunton. It is divided into two tithings, viz. 1. Preston-Plucknet, containing forty houses, with the church, 2. Preston-Bermondsey, containing fourteen houses. The whole number is fifty-four, and of inhabitants two hundred and eighty. There are about ten farms ; the rest are mostly cottages, but better than in many other parishes. The soil is a rich light sandy loam, and stone-rush, with good blue marle under it, and the situation very pleasant. It is highly cultivated, well watered by springs, and ornamented, but not encumbered with wood."

For centuries the parish of Preston lay between Brympton and Yeovil, the greater part of it being the Manor of Preston Plucknett. For its early history click here.

Although mostly incorporated within Yeovil in 1928 (small parts being absorbed by the adjacent parishes of Brympton and West Coker), Preston Plucknett retained a rural village charm with its many thatched roadside cottages (many of which are shown in the Gallery below) until the 1960s when the majority of the cottages on either side of Preston Road were demolished for road widening and straightening.


Buildings of note in Preston Plucknett include -


. . . .  and gone but not forgotten





The main Medieval fields of Preston Plucknett.





This photograph features in my book "A-Z of Yeovil"

Jubilee Cottages, opposite the Jubilee Tree junction. From a colourised postcard of the early 1930s.


From my collection

The old Bell Inn, photographed circa 1920. At far right are seen two thatched cottages; the first was at one time the village post office but was later the home of the Beale family. The other cottage was occupied by the Saunders family.  Both the Bell Inn and the cottages were demolished for road widening.


From my collection

A postcard of Preston Great Farm (erroneously called 'Abbey Farm'), produced around 1907 and used by Aplin & Barrett as an advertisement for their St Ivel range.


St James' church tower, photographed around 1880 when most of Preston Plucknett was thatched.


A colourised postcard of 1954 of Preston Plucknett, looking west to St James church.


This colourised photograph of 1956, looks west along Preston Road, but a little closer to the cottages. The thatched cottages were soon demolished. The large house behind the cottages was Sutherland House, home to Yeovil poet and author Walter Raymond from around 1892 to 1905.


A colourised photograph of the thatched cottages of the previous photograph (Nos 214 and 216 Preston Road).


This colourised photograph features in my book "Lost Yeovil"

No 253 Preston Road, photographed around 1965 and demolished shortly thereafter.


Old's bakery, opposite St James' church, photographed around the 1920s.


From my collection  -  This colourised postcard features in my book 'Yeovil From Old Photographs'.

The tower of St James church, Preston & Brympton Elementary School (opened 1875) and roadside cottages in an unused postcard, probably dating to about 1920, published by Whitby of Yeovil. The cottages were demolished for road widening.


This colourised image features in my book 'Yeovil - The Postcard Collection'.

Looking east along the western end of Preston Plucknett during the 1920s.