Banking on the Ledgers

This week has already proven busy, with many new items documented and accessioned at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.

One of the highlights were seven, leather bound, Bank Ledgers. These did not look too appealing at first, especially with some of the covers showing time spent in a damp environment. However, each ledger provides another fascinating insight into the lives of people in Yeovil and South Somerset.

Indeed, the story of the ledgers themselves is rather intriguing, as they were found in a property in Wine Street, Yeovil and date from the 1870s to around 1916. The people referred to inside include reverends; builders; deceased estates; businessman and other Banks, including the well-known Stucky’s Bank, which had branches in Yeovil and South Petherton.

The fascinating insights are enhanced by the ledgers as another resource we can use to help answer enquiries, along with objects; documents; photographs like the 1961 aerial survey and the local Kelly’s Trade Directories.

The ledgers were conservation cleaned and examination made as to see which Bank they are from!

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The Bank Ledgers did not look very inviting!

But highlighted significant and local individuals and places.

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