The Fleece, a timber framed building, was once a substantial coaching inn and had stabling to the rear. However, it had closed by the 1870’s. Amongst the carved wooden corbels restored by Thomas Collins in the last decade of the 19th century was the Fleece sign bearing the date 1591. The impressive coat of arms carved over the entrance can still be seen at 12 High Street.

Map Reference: SO 894327

Landlords at the Fleece include:

1774-1797 John Ludgrove

1797-1807 Charles Dudfield

1812-1848 Thomas Merrett

1848 William Preece

1865 Charlotte Preece (widow)

1865-1866 John Wagstaffe

1869 Henry Newman

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