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Demolished, having been acquired by Ipswich Corporation by Compulsory Purchase Order.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 04 Apr in 1846 states that :
Mr Thomas SHORTEN, the Proprietor of the capital FREE Public House, the Fleece, is about to relinquish the Innkeeping businessâ¦situate in St Matthew, Ipswich, in which an extensive & lucrative trade has been conducted for many years. The Fleece has always been considered on of the best Market Inns in the Town. It is exceedingly well situate for business. The House is well-arranged with large & excellent vaulted cellars, it contains an entrance bar & 5 sitting rooms, large kitchen, back house, store rooms & pantries, 8 good bedrooms with closets etc, good yard & stabling for 60 horses, with coach-houses etc, and a large garden at the back, capable of being converted for business purposes. An extensive Retail Spirit & Wine Trade might be established, and a Brewing Plant erected at a trifling cost
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 24 Feb in 1849 states that :
The Fleece Inn, Ipswich, Sale of the free Public House...containing 5 sitting-rooms, bar, large kitchen, back kitchen, store rooms, pantries, 8 bedrooms with closets, spacious arched wine, spirit & beer cellars, wood, coal & bottle houses, large yard with a carriage entrance from the street...standing for 60 horses. Excellent forced pump, recently new, abundantly supplied with water. There is also a large walled-in garden at the back of the range of stabling...The property is freehold, save for the garden at the back...which is leasehold for a long term of years...same title as the Queen's Barracks
(no owner/occupier noted)
Was listed in 1874 as the "Golden Fleece Commercial Hotel & posting house".
last updated 27/11/2013
(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 Bob Mitchell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
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.