9 Nelson Street in 1919 & 1939 directories. The Golden Fleece once brewed its home made beer on the premises. T. Poole is listed as a brewer in 1856.
The pub was then acquired by Godsell & Sons. In a report in 1905 Charles Barnes, cashier to Godsell’s Brewery, said that the “house was a very comfortable one but the ceilings were a little low.”
The Stroud Brewery Courier reported in September 1949: ‘We learn with regret that Mr Charlie Watkins had to give his employment in the Transport Department owing to his leg injury. This old County Rugger Man, however, will still keep up the prestige of the Stroud Brewery Company as mine host of the Golden Fleece Inn, Stroud. Good luck ‘Crippy’.
The pub became a popular music venue with the emphasis on jazz and blues. The interior décor was delightfully described as being “shabby chic”. The Golden Fleece has a cricket team who entered the first ever midnight cricket cup held at Guttsta, north of the Arctic circle in Sweden, in June 2004.
Owner in 1891: Godsell & Sons, Salmon Springs Brewery, Stroud
Rateable value in 1891: £16.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Godsell & Sons, Salmon Springs Brewery, Stroud
Rateable value in 1903: £20.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903: 11pm
Owner in 1999: Enterprise Inns
Landlords at the Golden Fleece include:
1830 Henry White (Fleece, Nelson Street)
1852 William Hunt
1856 T. Poole (listed as a brewer in 1856)
1885,1902 William Niblett (probably moved to the New Inn, Silver Street)
1903 William Alfred Camm
1906 James Miles
1919 Julius Morle
1927 William Powis
1939 Arthur James Brain
1949 Charlie Watkins
? Alma Watkins
? George and Iris Jameson (from Corn Hall)
1994,1998 Andy Thomas (also licensee of the Pelican Inn)
1998 (Aug), 1999 Kaz Kirton (pub manager)
2002, 2004 Rodda Thomas (pub manager)
2008 Wendy Lewis and Anne O’Neill-Thomas