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Golden Fleece Inn

A Grade II Listed Building in Barnstaple, Devon

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Latitude: 51.081 / 51°4'51"N

Longitude: -4.0617 / 4°3'42"W

OS Eastings: 255682

OS Northings: 133324

OS Grid: SS556333

Mapcode National: GBR KQ.D4WB

Mapcode Global: FRA 26C8.CG1

Plus Code: 9C3Q3WJQ+C8

Entry Name: Golden Fleece Inn

Listing Date: 22 April 1985

Last Amended: 29 September 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385378

English Heritage Legacy ID: 485840

Location: Barnstaple, North Devon, Devon, EX31

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Barnstaple

Built-Up Area: Barnstaple

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Barnstaple St Peter and St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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684-1/7/254 (North East side)
22/04/85 No.16
Golden Fleece Inn
(Formerly Listed as:
(East side)
Golden Fleece Inn inc bldng at S end
... rear wing of No.17 Tuly Street)


Public house. Early or mid C19, but incorporating a late C16
or early C17 rear wing. Rendered, solid walls, probably of
stone or brick; C17 wing, patchily covered with roughcast,
appears to be of stone rubble with an upper storey of cob
except for the rear (E) gable-wall which is of exposed red
brick in English bond. Tarred, slated roof; C17 wing covered
with corrugated asbestos. 3 rendered chimneys, asymmetrically
placed on main range. Chimney in rear gable of C17 wing, with
rebuilt shaft. Double-depth plan with central passage along
its spine. Carriageway through left-hand end of building,
leading to stable yard at rear. C17 wing has 1 small room on
each floor.
2 storeys. Front is 6-window range, divided into 3 unequal
bays by pilaster-strips; 3 windows in centre, 2 to left and
one to right. Centre bay has doorway flanked by windows, the
former with moulded architrave and flat moulded hood on
consoles; windows have rusticated cement architraves with
vermiculated key blocks, the openings (now boarded) originally
with triple sashes. The 3 upper-storey windows have slightly
raised cement arches, originally rusticated; 6-pane sashes.
Left-hand bay has segmental arches carriage-gate with double
doors to right; similar blind or blocked archway to its left,
with pier between. 2 windows with plain heads and 6-pane
sashes in upper storey.
Right-hand bay has 4-panelled door with oblong fanlight in
ground storey and 6-paned sash window above. Neither opening
is decorated in any way; probably this was the original
arrangement, since a photograph of 1916 shows that only the
openings in the middle bay were then decorated. In 1916 the
right-hand doorway was a window with 6-paned sashes. The front
is finished with a plain band and parapet with coping; the
pilaster-strips are continued on the parapet. Rear wall has
several barred sashes.
Right-hand side wall of C17 wing, visible from rear of No.17,
has sash window in ground storey with blocked doorway to
right. In the upper storey a 2-light wood-mullioned window;
mullions moulded, the right-hand light filled with diamond
shaped panes of old green glass in lead cames. Similar glass
from the other light may be lying loose inside.
INTERIOR: has nothing of special interest. C17 wing is
accessible only on ground floor, but is likely to have early
fireplaces and possibly other features under the plaster.
Although the C17 building is only a fragment, it has
considerable quality, and provides rare evidence of
house-building in cob in the old town centre.
HISTORICAL NOTE: The Golden Fleece was built by the Barnstaple
Bridge Trust and sold by them in 1922. For an early engraving
of it, see Harper's Albums, Vol.5, p49, in the North Devon
Athenaeum. The rear wing may originally have been part of
No.17 (not included).
(Cruse JB: The Long Bridge of Barnstaple: 1982-: 8-9 (PL), 14,

Listing NGR: SS5568233324

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