🏴 Yeovil is a town and civil parish in the district of South Somerset, England. The aircraft and defence industries that developed in the 20th century meant it became a target for bombing in the Second World War. They are still major employers. Yeovil Country Park, which includes Ninesprings, is one of several open spaces with educational, cultural and sporting facilities. Religious sites include the 14th century Church of St John the Baptist. The town is on the A30 and A37 roads and has two railway stations.
AgustaWestland manufactures helicopters in Yeovil, and Normalair Garratt, (Honeywell) builder of aircraft oxygen systems, is also based there. Yeovil's role as a centre of the aircraft and defence industries continued into the 21st century despite attempts to diversify and the creation of industrial estates. The main employer is the aviation group AgustaWestland, created through the acquisition of Westland Helicopters by Finmeccanica in 2000.
Yeovil Aerodrome (ICAO: EGHG), (sometimes known as Yeovil/Westland "Judwin" to avoid confusion with nearby RNAS Yeovilton), is 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) west of the town centre. British defence giant BAE Systems also runs a site producing high-integrity networked software, mainly for the armed forces.
Screwfix Direct based in Houndstone started life as Woodscrew Supply Company in 1979. It is now a subsidiary of Kingfisher plc.
Quedam Shopping Centre has some 45 shops: the usual high-street chains, several independents, and a multi-storey car park with about 650 spaces.
In 2015, leather manufacturer Pittards bought back its 1964 purpose-built tannery in Sherborne Road, Yeovil.
Yeovil has a population of over 48,615 people. Yeovil also forms the centre of the wider Yeovil metropolitan area which has a population of over 100,000 people.