the history of yeovil's pubs





rose inn

Wellington Street


The Rose Inn, Wellington Street was an apparently short-lived public house with only a few references and all cite Isaac Foot as the licensee. Perhaps the most interesting reference comes from an article in the Western Gazette of 16 January 1864 which reads -


"A friendly society has recently been formed at the Rose Inn, Wellington Street. Mr Foot, the host, invited about twenty of the members to supper on Monday night. An excellent spread was provided and the supper was succeeded by toasts, speeches, songs and recitations, 'The Old Oak' sung by Mrs Hutchings, and a recitation by Mr Lawrence, were loudly applauded. The health of host and hostess were enthusiastically drunk."



Isaac Foot was born in Yeovil in 1830 the son of baker Isaac Foot and his wife, Mary. In the 1841 census he was living in Rotten Row (now Market Street) with his parents and five siblings. By the time of the 1851 census Isaac, now 21, had left home and was lodging in Park Street and working as a glover. He married in the spring of 1854 and in the 1861 census was living in Wellington Street with his wife Frances and sister, Jane. Isaac's occupation was listed as glove cutter, Frances' as glove sewer and Jane's as shoebinder. The same year Isaac was listed as a beer retailer in Kelly's Directory and it is almost certain that Frances, while glove sewing at home, would also have run the Rose Inn during the day and Isaac would have taken over in the evening as a second trade. Isaac was still listed as licensee of the Rose Inn in Kelly's Directory of 1866 but I lost track of him and Frances in the records after that.




1861 – Isaac Foot – Glove cutter (1861 census) listed as Wellington Street
1861 – Isaac Foot – Beer Retailer (Kelly's 1861 Directory) listed as Wellington Street
1864 – Isaac Foot (Western Gazette article of 16 January 1864) noted as Rose Inn
1866 – Isaac Foot – Beer Retailer (Kelly's 1866 Directory) listed as Wellington Street