Yeovil had the third earliest newspaper to be printed in
Somerset. In 1744 Robert Goadby set up a hand press in premises on
the corner of Grope Lane (Wine Street) and the High Street. It was
called the Western Flying Post or the Yeovil Mercury and it was
first published on 30th July 1744.
Following the death in1746 of a Sherborne newspaper proprietor his
paper was sold to Goadby, who amalgamated the two as The Western
Flying Post or the Sherborne and Yeovil Mercury and production was
moved to Sherborne.
The Western Gazette Building
The Yeovil Times, published by John Noake Highmore, appeared in
1847; in 1851 he purchased the Western Flying Post and amalgamated
it with the Yeovil Times.
The first edition of the Western Gazette, published by Charles
Clinker appeared In 1863, and then, in 1867, In partnership with
Charles Tite, he amalgamated the Western Flying Post and the
Western Gazette, keeping the name of the Western Gazette.
The remainder of the weekly publications centred on Yeovil have
been free issues and today, even they have ceased publication, and
the printing of the Western Gazette has moved to Bristol, although
there is still an office in the town centre.