Yeovil rose to prominence in the 1800s as a major centre of glove-making. By the early twentieth century it was dominated by the defence industry, making it a target for German bombers during the Second World War. Between 1940 and 1942 over 100 high-explosive bombs fell on the town, damaging thousands of buildings. Despite the town's troubled past, it has managed to keep a wealth of architectural treasures from every era for us to enjoy. Yeovil in 50 Buildings is a celebration of some of these and the stories attached to them. From the grand Aldon House to the art deco-inspired Odeon Cinema, we will follow Yeovil's storied timeline through its bricks and mortar as local writer and historian Bob Osborn takes the reader on a tour of the town's architectural heritage.
Local historian Bob Osborn is the author of several books on an eclectic range of subjects from Carved Medieval Bench Ends of South Somerset to Italian Futurist Art. After a career in architecture, admin management, web design and management and, latterly, as a Learning Centre Manager and Yeovil College Lecturer teaching IT, he is now retired. Since retiring, he works almost daily researching and compiling his ever-growing website 'The A-to-Z of Yeovil's History' which currently has over 1,700 pages.