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opened 1737

closed 1933

Bury St Edmunds Golden Fleece

previously known as Fleece

50 Churchgate St

grid reference TL 854 640

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listed building grade II

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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.