Yeovil is a large town close to the Somerset / Dorset border. The name was derived from the Celtic river-name gifl "forked river", an earlier name of the River Yeo. The town was granted a charter by King John in 1205.
By the 1800s Yeovil was a centre of the glove making industry and by the mid 1800's was connected to the rest of Britain via railway.
In the early 20th century Yeovil had around 11,000 inhabitants and was dominated by the defence industry, making it a target of German raids during World War II. Now, in the twenty-first century with a population of more than 40,000, Yeovil is still a centre of the aircraft and defence industries.
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