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Important Covid information

Although the latest lockdown has now ended, Suffolk remains in Tier Two, which means that drinks on the premises can only be sold with "substantial" meals. This of course rules out reopening for the vast majority of pubs. As and when pubs reopen, we will list them on this page and highlight them on location pages.

Many pubs which are unable to reopen yet (and some that have reopened) are selling food and drink to take away. These are listed on this page.

Please note that due to government regulations, all takeaway drinks must be pre-booked by telephone, text or other means.

Ipswich Golden Fleece Hotel

Ipswich Golden Fleece Hotel

also traded as Fleece

closed 29th September 1962

opened 18th century

last owner/operator: Tolly Cobbold

46 St Matthew's St

grid reference TM 158 448

The Golden Fleece was demolished, having been acquired by Ipswich Corporation by Compulsory Purchase Order.

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

Bull baiting once a popular pastime in the yard here until 1805.

The inn is shown on this OS town plan of 1884.

old OS map

Map

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Landlords

Landlords

Footnote

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.

(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)

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