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*One of the more interesting twists in the historical record revolves around William Penn, Jr.s ( Son of the founder of Pennsylvania) activities in the aftermath of the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685. Walden and you to make the most advantageous composition you can in their behalf. The Liberty Trail: This route, about 45km, continues from the end of The Leland Trail at Montacute and heads south across undulating hills and vales into Dorset and finishing on the south coast at Lyme Regis [SY339914].
You will need OS Explorer 116 (Lyme Regis and Bridport) for this trail.
Yeovil or Givle, as it was then known, had a weekly market.
It would seem very small to us but by the standards of the time it was a fair size. Today the traditional industry of glove making has disappeared from Yeovil but it has been replaced by new industries like light engineering. The white wavy 'pall' alludes to the River Yeo or Ivel, which gives its name to Ilchester and Yeovil, and means 'the forked river' as in the Welsh 'yr eifl' (the forks).
In the mid-16th century a writer called Yeovil fairly well built. In 1685 the Duke of Monmouth led a rebellion against the king in South West England. Afterwards 8 of his supporters were hanged, drawn and quartered in Yeovil. Otherwise there was little change in the town during the 18th century.
It continued to be famous for glove making and was a quiet and small market town.
Yeovil grew rapidly in the 19th century and by 1900 it had a population of 11,000. Maltravers House was built in 1969 (the Maltravers family were lords of the manor of Yeovil in the Middle Ages). Yeovil borough was replaced by Yeovil District Council in 1974. The purple colour recalls Imperial Rome and the many Roman associations of the district.
In 1830 a body of men called the Town Commissioners was formed in Yeovil. The green 'chief' refers to the pastoral character of the District and the crown of wheat-ears and acorns is one specially devised for Rural District Councils.