Photo of Fleece

grid reference TM 103 657

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listed building grade II

CAMRA Mid-Anglia branch.

last updated 25/01/2020

Mendlesham Fleece

historical closure era: 21st century

opened 16th century

closed late 2012

Front St, IP14 5RX

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The Fleece was a characterful 15th century beamed pub where 'Ring the Bull' was played.

Towards its later days it specialised in South African food, with many exotic meats on the menu.

The pub closed towards the end of 2012 (precise date unknown). Planning permission for conversion to residential use was granted in July 2014.

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


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.

NOTE: A messuage equates to a dwelling-house and may include outbuildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard and garden - this may have been an earlier structure to the current property.