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Yeovil Born and Read

South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre has just received an exciting donation from Yeovil Library. These are eight books by the renowned Somerset author, Walter Raymond.

Walter Raymond (1852-1931) was born in Vicarage Street, Yeovil and educated at Kingston School. He was the son of a glover, but chose a literary career that would produce twenty volumes of novels, essays and plays. As a regional novelist he is often compared with Thomas Hardy and it is known that the two did write to one another.

Walter Raymond loved the Somerset countryside, which he called ‘Ciderland’ and ‘although he was born in a town, his heart was always in the fields with the folk.’

Walter Raymond’s literary works make a significant addition to other items associated with the author already in the CHAC Collection. These include a portrait by the late W. Urwick  and a photograph of his Vicarage Street birth place.

Following his death a commemorative plaque was erected in the old Yeovil Library, which was transferred to the new premises. This can be viewed on the stairs on the way up to the Reference Section. (Gratitude to Ansell, Robin and Barnes, Marion “Around Yeovil” 1995)

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A copy of Walter Raymond’s portrait in the Community Heritage Access Centre Collection and an illustration from one of his books donated to the Centre by Yeovil Library.

Bucking the Trend…..

Just for fun we’ve decided to blog on a Tuesday this week! This is because we had a very busy cake filled day on Friday that we can’t wait to blog about!

If you’ve been following us on Twitter (and if you haven’t – you should!) you might have seen that last week we participated in the Art Funds Edible Masterpieces day! The idea of the event was to raise money and awareness for the Art Fund and their work by reproducing famous works of art through the medium of cakes, biscuits and all things edible.

We are super pleased to report that the event was a huge success and in total we managed to raise over £60 to support museums and galleries across the country!


To steal the Edible Masterpieces tag line : “fundraising for art : its a piece of cake!”



Our very own “Alan Measles” 


Maderia cake and cup cakes inspired by Monet’s “Waterlilies” 


Pollock rocky road anyone? (and that’s the artist not the fish!)


Our selection of “Edible Masterpieces” ready to sell – including stained glass fruit tarts and some sinister looking Damien Hirst inspired jellies!!