Monthly Archives: March 2014

Raiders of the Lost Archive....

It’s been a busy week at CHAC so this “Fish Friday” is our only blog post for this week.

As we are a small team based on the outskirts of Yeovil we are always looking for new ways to market our service and bring Heritage out of the stores and to the people of South Somerset.

In the archive we found that Mr Thorpe was also trying to get the people of Yeovil talking about his Fish and Chip shop. So much so that in 1929 he produced a short film to be shown during the advert breaks at the Central Cinema on Church Street in Yeovil for 4 weeks advertising his business. A true entrepreneur!

Perhaps it’s time CHAC gave Cineworld a call!


Fish, Chips and Charity at 28 Sherborne Road

Is it really time for another Fish Friday again already!? This week at CHAC due to the popularity of the #nomakeup “selfies” that have been going around for Cancer Research this week and all of the great efforts for Sports Relief, we’ve been thinking about charitable giving. It would seem that Mr Thorpe, our fish and chip shop owner, was too a charitable man. This week we are showcasing a decorative certificate awarded to Mr Thorpe from Dr Barnardos Homes dated New Years Eve 1931 for a donation of £1 to the charities “food fund”.

We think that’s quite generous considering £1 works out to roughly £30 pounds! We’re feeling quite inspired by Mr Thorpe!

Spring has Sprung!

As today is apparently the first day of spring (and we are officially *loving* the Google doodle for today!) it would seem appropriate to post that we have been doing some much needed spring cleaning at CHAC and it feels so good to have everything put away neat and tidy!

It has been suggested by the font of all knowledge that is Wikipedia – I mean… the clever elves at here at CHAC… that spring cleaning has its origins in ancient Iran and in the Persian New Year which falls on or around the 21st of March. Part of the celebrations included the practice of Khouneh Tekouni or “shaking of the house”.

However, closer to home it would seem the tradition has been adopted in the West as March was a good time to start dusting. This was because before the invention of the vacuum cleaner dusting the house meant opening all the doors and windows; March was seen as a good time to dust because it was warm enough for open windows and doors not be a problem but not so warm that pests and insects were awake enough to get in!

Either way, we think our nice tidy research room looks just grand and we’re dying to show it off to our visitors!


Fish Fridays!

Here at CHAC we love love love our fish and chips – so in keeping with the tradition every Friday we will be serving up a different item from the Sandy’s Fish and Chip shop collection.

The collection came to CHAC at the end of 2013 and was donated by the brother in law of the previous shop owner, Sandy Mitchell who ran Sandy’s Fish and Chips untill 1978. The collection comprises of a large number of documents (over 1000!) all relation to the Thorpe family who lived at number 28 Sherborne Road, Yeovil. It is believed they were the previous owners of the shop.

We hold everything from invoices for cooking oil from Bristol, Pea-Steamers from Manchester and potatoes from Norton-Sub-Hamdon to receipts for tailored suits and evening dresses from South Kensington.

Today we bring you a Demand Note dated April 1931 from the Borough of Yeovil to Mr F Thorpe Esq. for the payment of the general rate and water charges for the shop at 28 Sherborne Road. The bill was payable the “Yeovil Corporation” at the Municipal Offices on King George Street and the costs are a total of £8 4s 5d for half a financial year of “general rates” i.e. council tax and for two quarters of water!

Although that roughly equates to £270 in today’s money, it is funny to think that now a days £8.00 is probably the average price of a fish supper!

A brand new shiny blog…

Happy Wednesday from CHAC! and welcome to our brand new very shiny (and very orange!) blog.

Here at CHAC we’re always trying to find new and innovative ways to connect with our audiences and so with that in mind we have decided to try our hand at blogging!

We’re hoping that here you will be able to find weekly updates about all the exciting things that go on here at CHAC, mixed in with a few of our favourite items from the collection and a few of our more quirky thoughts about all things historical and South Somerset.

So hang on to your Bi-Corn hats and watch this space!

Our favourite Bi-Corn hat, associated with the Blake Family from South Petherton - of Admiral Blake of Bridgewater fame

Our favourite Bi-Corn hat, associated with the Blake Family from South Petherton – of Admiral Blake of Bridgewater fame