Ipswich Golden Fleece Hotel
previously known as Fleece
46 St Matthew's St
grid reference TM 158 448
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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
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.