Bury St Edmunds Golden Fleece
previously known as Fleece
50 Churchgate St
grid reference TL 854 640
listed building grade II
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CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 09/03/2016
The building dates from the 19th century, possibly built onto 17th century parts, with much older origins including the remains of a 14th century curved ceiling in the cellar.
After closure the building was used as Angela Morgan's dance school for many years.
Was called the Fleece from 1823 - 1865.
In 1823 listed in Hatter st. also listed at 61/62 College St.
A Victorian brewery was once located here.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 05 Aug in 1882 states that, died on 30 July, Mrs Taylor, wife of Mr Charles TAYLOR, at the Golden Fleece Inn, Churchgate St.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 05 May in 1891 states that :
Walter Wardly married Mary J., youngest daughter of Charles H. TAYLOR, of the Golden Fleece Inn, Bury.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
The fleece is a common reference to the wool trade that was very important in Suffolk, particularly in 17th & 18th cent. until cheap imports from the colonies undermined the trade.