Yeovil Sanitary Laundry

Yeovil Sanitary Laundry

Later Yeoman Cleaners, South Street


The Yeovil Sanitary Laundry, advertised as a 'steam' laundry, was established in 1877 in South Street, next door to the Globe and Crown pub. The laundry buildings were alongside the pub to the west and separated by an access track. Extensive drying grounds lay behind both the laundry and the pub. It was advertised in Whitby's Yeovil Almanack Advertiser between 1889 and 1898.

It was enlarged in 1897-8 (see Gallery) and in 1903 a new manager's house fronting South Street was built which also contained an office and receiving room. At the same time, in 1903, the Globe & Crown was rebuilt.

From 1903 onwards it became the Yeovil Sanitary Laundry Co Ltd and was advertised in Whitby's edition of 1903, Collins' Yeovil Directory of and was advertised in Whitby's edition of 1903, Collins' Yeovil Directory of 1907, Kelly's Directories of 1919 and 1935. The last listing was in Edwin Snell's Directory of 1954.

By the early 1960s it had become Yeoman Cleaners and the building facing South Street was given a new ground floor shop front (see Gallery).

The laundry's former offices and manager's accommodation building was converted into hotel accommodation of the Globe & Crown (see final photo in the Gallery).




A map based on the 1901 Ordnance Survey showing the buildings of the Yeovil Sanitary Laundry highlighted in pink.




An advertisement for the Yeovil Sanitary Laundry from the 1888 edition of Whitby's Yeovil Almanac Advertiser.


Notice was given in the 27 August 1897 edition of the Yeovil Sanitary Laundry that it was to be extended and that a temporary office was to open.


A notice in the Western Gazette's edition of 7 August 1903 for the rebuild of the Globe & Crown and the construction of the lodge and office of the Yeovil Sanitary Laundry, seen next.


The report of the sad demise of a horse in the laundry's approach track from the 28 September 1906 edition of the Western Gazette.


Photographed around 1910, the Yeovil Sanitary Laundry Co. Ltd. was established in 1877 in South Street. This building, the offices, receiving room and manager's accommodation, was built in 1903-4.


Although it was advertised as a 'steam' laundry, more delicate items were washed by hand as evidenced by this advertisement placed in the 19 December 1941 edition of the Western Gazette.


Courtesy of Colin Haine

Photographed in the 1980s, the track between the Globe & Crown and the laundry building facing South Street led to the laundry's buildings where the actual washing took place. Beyond these buildings, and just glimpsed in the background, were the extensive drying grounds.


A 1960's photograph of bus queues waiting outside the Globe and Crown. Note that the Yeovil Sanitary Laundry building has now become Yeoman Cleaners with a new ground floor facade.


Courtesy of Colin Haine

Photographed in 1986, buildings of the laundry are demolished.


The Globe and Crown photographed in 2012 with the former laundry building at right, now integrated seamlessly into the pub/hotel premises. Compare this photograph with the one above showing Yeoman cleaners and it is surprising how good a job was made of the restoration - shame they can't do more restorations like this in Yeovil.