River Yeo (South Somerset)

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River Yeo
River Ivel
River Yeo in Ilchester
Name origin: Celtic river-name gifl 'forked river'. Old English ēa 'river'
Country England
States Dorset, Somerset
 - left Bearley Brook
 - right Trent Brook
Cities Sherborne, Bradford Abbas, Yeovil, Mudford, Yeovilton, Ilchester
Landmarks Sherborne Castle, Newton Surmaville, RNAS Yeovilton (HMS Heron)
 - location Henstridge Bowden, West Dorset
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Mouth River Parrett
 - location Langport, South Somerset, Somerset, England
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Length 15 mi (24 km)

The River Yeo, also known as the River Ivel,[1] is a tributary of the River Parrett in north Dorset and south Somerset, England.

The river's names derive from the Celtic river-name gifl 'forked river'. The name Yeo appears to have been influenced by Old English ēa 'river'.[2]

The river rises in Dorset, in the North Dorset Downs. It flows through Sherborne, and the Somerset towns of Yeovil, Yeovilton and Ilchester, and joins the River Parrett near Langport. For a few miles east of Yeovil, it forms the county boundary between Somerset and Dorset.

The river is navigable for light craft for 8 miles (13 km) from the Parrett to Ilchester.[3]

The Yeo's tributaries include the River Gascoigne, which rises near Milborne Wick and joins the Yeo near Sherborne,[4] the River Wriggle, Trent Brook, Hornsey Brook, the River Cam and Bearley Brook.


  1. Somerset County Council website
  2. Mills, A.D. and Room, A. A Dictionary of British Place-Names Oxford University Press
  3. Jim Shead website
  4. John Vallins (4 July 2005). "Rolling down the river". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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