Photo of Golden Fleece Hotel


opened 18th cent

closed September 29th, 1962

last owner Tolly Cobbold

Ipswich Golden Fleece Hotel

previously known as Fleece

46 St Matthew's St

grid reference TM 158 448

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last updated 31/08/2015

Demolished, having been acquired by Ipswich Corporation by Compulsory Purchase Order.

Was listed in 1874 as the "Golden Fleece Commercial Hotel & posting house".

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** 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.