The Fleet Inn is a 15th century pub on the banks of the River Avon. The location was a ferry crossing point from one bank to the other. The original ferry was demanded in the court rolls of Henry VIII. The ferry was often used to transport grazing cattle across the River Avon. In the early days of motoring cars were transported using a makeshift ferry but the operation was not successful as it recorded that the ferry could not carry the weight of motor cars and occasionally sank! In 1951 the ferryman was paid wages of £3.9s.2d. plus £1.15s.0d. keep. The ferry was discontinued in the 1960’s. It was re established in the 1990’s so that customers could gain access to the pub from the Bredon side of the River Avon. Another river ferry ran a shuttle service from Tewkesbury to the Fleet Inn. It was a successful tourist attraction carrying passengers to the Fleet to drink and dine. Unfortunately the ferry service suffered from the effects of the July 2007 flooding and did not operate in the 2008 season.

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The Fleet Inn is also prone to flooding, particularly the adjoining caravan park and the extensive gardens. In April 1998 the landlord was upset to discover that the popular pets corner had been unexpectedly been deluged by rising flood waters and turkeys, rabbits and a peacock were drowned. The flood came so suddenly that staff and volunteers were unable to save the animals.

The Citizen, Thursday 18th July 1991 – Saved from a trek to the loo!: Regulars at the Fleet Inn at Twyning are being saved draughty trips outside – as a £250,000 refurbishment has given the pub an inside loo for the first time in its history. Renovation work to the Fleet Inn near Tewkesbury has transformed it from a two-bar house into a collection of interconnecting rooms – each displaying the charm of a bygone era.

Beer-drinkers will now be able to sup a pint in the former kitchen with its flagstone floor – which up until January was a working kitchen. But most importantly the locals can visit the toilets without fear of the weather as it is now housed within the pub.

The new landlords Colin and Pam Harber are keen to keep up the traditions of the pub. Colin, who is interested in sailing, plans to provide extended services for boating enthusiasts such as daily and overnight moorings.

July 2006
July 2006

Wadworth Brewery of Devizes, Wiltshire acquired the Fleet Inn to their pub estate but sold the pub to Liberation Group / Butcombe Brewery in November 2020.

Map Reference: SO 905365

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Jupp & Meyer, Abbey Brewery Tewkesbury

Rateable value in 1891: Not given

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Arnold Perrett & Co. Ltd., Wickwar Brewery

Rateable value in 1903: £69.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Landlords at the Fleece Inn include:

1856 W. Young

1885 Mrs Elizabeth Young

1891 James Levi Wood.

1902 Isaac Dale

1991 Colin and Pam Harber

1903,1906 Charles C. Dale

1919 James Lewis

1927 Watkin Herbert

1939 Eustace F. Smith

1991 Colin & Pam Haber

1994-2000 Peter and Ann Goddard

2001 Jack and Sarnia Pitcher

2007 John and Jackie Bishop

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