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Bank ledgers reveal plenty about families

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: May 30, 2013

  • FASCINATING FINDS: Above left, heritage information assistant Joseph Lewis with 1908 bank ledgers found on Wine Street. Main picture, a collection of paintings by local artist Wilf Wilmott. Pictures by Jennie Banks WGJB20130410F

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BANK ledgers offering a fascinating insight into the lives of people living in south Somerset and parts of Dorset have been found in Yeovil.

The ledgers were found in a building on Wine Street and date from 1908 to 1915. They were donated to South Somerset District Council's Community Heritage Access Centre where staff are particularly excited about the details they reveal of many leading families.

As well as providing an insight into women's history, the ledgers also include details of land purchases and are a useful resource for local family history name searches.

Four examples included are: Joseph Fowler, Montacute; Pinney Family of Tintinhull; William Marsh of Thorne Coffin, Yeovil and Uriah Burt of Yeovil.

The heritage centre has also received a donation of artwork and personal artefacts from Yeovil's more recent history.

Graham Moores, a long-time friend and collaborator of artist and activist Stephen 'Wilf' Wilmott, gave the centre more than 20 of the Yeovil artist's works.

In his life he constantly drew and painted people and landscapes in and around his hometown.

Before his death in October 2002 aged just 46, Mr Wilmott created many images for local rock bands, youth organisations and the Wyndham Hill Action Group, including the 'Punks in Glovers Walk' series.

Joseph Lewis, heritage information assistant, said: "Both the Wine Street bank ledgers and Wilf's paintings and contributions to fanzine magazines reflect part of Yeovil and south Somerset's history around 100 years apart.

"At the Community Heritage Access Centre, we have a wide range of information and objects on local subjects, including the gloving industry, Petter and Westland, newspapers and football.

"We never want to feel that because of this comprehensive coverage we have 'all there is to know' or 'know everything' about a certain local area of interest.

"We are always looking for extra information and photographs of Yeovil and south Somerset, which can provide extra detail or a new perspective on existing knowledge. The bank ledgers and Wilf's paintings fulfil this point."

Both the ledgers and artist's work can be viewed by appointment only at CHAC, SSDC Lufton Depot, 7 Artillery Road, Lufton, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8RP Tel: 01935 462855 or email: heritage.services@southsomerset.gov.uk.

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