Deposited Plan No. 703b

Kirkgate: Amended plans of Basement and Outbuildings. Additions and Alterations to existing buildings.


Deposited Plan Number:703b
Date:7 June 1900
Plans Register:1900-1905
Property Name / Number:Fleece Inn
Area:Huddersfield Town Centre
District:Central Ward
Grid Reference:SE1462116738
Building Project:Amended plans of Basement and Outbuildings. Additions and Alterations to existing buildings.
Type:Licenced Premises - alterations
Applicant:Bentley & Shaw Ltd.
Applicant Address:Lockwood
Architect:Ben Stocks
Architect Address:St Peter's Street, Huddersfield
Status of Project:
Contractor:John Radcliffe & Sons
Contractor Address:St John's Road, Huddersfield
Work Commenced:June 1900
Work Completed:1901
Occupants:See below - Additional Information
Subsequent Alterations / History:See also 703a, 703b for amendments to the plans. Now known as 'The Parish'
English Heritage Listing:no data
Location of Archives:Kirklees West Yorkshire Archives
Buildings of Huddersfield ID:1906


Additional Information

One of the town's older inns, The Fleece stands at the junction of Kirkgate and Venn Street and is part of a block of buildings that incorporates the Army Careers Information Centre, which was formerly a corn warehouse, and later Snowdens' Wholesale Confectioners, standing at the entrance to Fleece Yard. The yard contained a brewhouse, the usual offices, storage and stabling. Some of these buildings, which were altered as part of the re-building of the premises in 1900, survive along with the stone setts and paving of the yard entrance.

The central part of the two stoey building with its pitched stone slate roof and raised quoins, reflects the 18th century origins of the house, also known as the Golden Fleece - which was held by several generations of the Quaker Horsfall family.

The re-buldingof the Fleece and the addition of the characteristic curved extension, was necessitated by the opening of Venn Street, which had been made possible by the building of a new vicarage in Greenhead Road, the subsequent sale of the glebe together with the pulling doen of the old vicarage (in 1864), and the subsequent general improvements promoted by the borough and the Ramsden Estate.

According to Isaac Hordern, the Ramsdens' agent, in 1864, the executors of the late Nancy Starkey claimed that this was an 'At Will' holding and wished to deal with it as such, but says Hordern (in his invaluable notes), '...I soon proved to them that it was the property of the Ramsden Estate...' During a visit to the town in 1897, ir J.W. Ramsden accepted Hordern's proposal that The Fleece, together with the Boot & Shoe and Fox and Grapes should be sold by auction. Bentley & Shaw acquired The Fleece for £6000, and a Leasehold Grouond Rent of £25, on the understanding that it would be partly re-built within three years. This was completed in 1901.

See :

David Green, 'Huddersfield Pubs', Stroud, 2007

Edward Law, 'Inns of Huddersfield',

Isaac Hordern, MSS Notes


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At the Same Location?

The following records are located within 10 meters:
RecordDistance (feet & meters)
Kirkgate: Additions to "Fleece" Inn (1899) - plan# 7030ft0m
Kirkgate: Public House17ft5m

What's Nearby?

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Kirkgate: No 2640ft12m
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Kirkgate: Parish Church of St. Peter (1834) 188ft57m
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Kirkgate: No 37 - 41201ft61m
Beast Market: New Inn, Boy and Barrel 205ft62m
Cross Church Street: No 11218ft66m
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Cross Church Street: No 19273ft83m
Kirkgate: No 10 and 12279ft85m
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Cross Church Street: No 23305ft93m
Byram Street: No 4323ft99m
Kirkgate & Market Place: Alterations to shop (1884) - plan# 1296326ft99m
Kirkgate: New shop front (1887) - plan# 1603326ft99m
Kirkgate: No 4326ft99m
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Cross Church Street: No 25326ft99m