the history of yeovil's pubs





rest and welcome

Middle Street


There is only one reference to the Rest and Welcome in Middle Street, I've really got little else - although, having said that, there is a passing reference in the Western Gazette edition of 27 September 1872 when, in reporting the proceedings of the Borough Petty Sessions, it mentioned ".... Mrs Pretty, of the Rest and Be Thankful Inn (otherwise the Railway Hotel)...." So, it may be that the Rest and Welcome was also known as the Rest and Be Thankful, later becoming the Railway Inn, in which case the latter establishment's origins may stretch back to the 1850s.



The only recorded licensee, Matthew Trimby, was born in Bruton, Somerset, about 1813. In the 1841 census he was living in Middle Street, Yeovil with his wife, Jane, and their one-year old daughter, Frances. By the time of the 1851 census Matthew had become a police constable and was living with Jane and Frances in Bond Street. Jane's occupation was given as dressmaker. In 1859 Matthew was recorded as the licensee of the Rest and Welcome in Harrison, Harrod & Co's 1859 Directory however his tenure was short lived as by 1861 the family had moved on to Weymouth, Dorset. The 1861 census listed the family at Melcombe Regis where Matthew's occupation was listed as coal merchant while Jane's remained as dressmaker. Frances was now married to stone mason Daniel Penny and they were living with Matthew and Jane with their baby, Frank. Matthew died on 27 July 1863 aged about 50. His will was proved in July and his effects totaled less than £200. Jane died in the spring of 1864, aged about 54.




1859 – Matthew Trimby (Harrison, Harrod & Co's 1859 Directory) listed as Rest and Welcome
            in Middle Street