VIDEO: Rarely seen parts of The Fleece Hotel
By Laura Enfield and Mark Owen | 2nd February 2023
Here is a deeper look inside the historic walls of The Fleece Hotel in Gloucester.
Punchline's second exclusive video reveals new parts of the site, rarely seen by members of the public.
Yesterday we showed you around some of the oldest sections of the three-storey building on Westgate Street including the former bar and honeymoon suite. We also revealed there are calls for a new developer to be given the scheme.
Today we take you inside the section which dates back to the 1970s- complete with retro wallpaper.
The Fleece Hotel was first opened in 1497 as one of the three major inns of Gloucester to house pilgrims.
A 12th century undercroft was incorporated into the structure and Gloucester Abbey opened it as an inn during the 16th century. It was first recorded as the Golden Fleece Inn in 1673.
After sitting empty for nine years, the site was purchased by Gloucester City Council in 2011 and work started to bring it back into use as a backpacker's hostel and bar. But plans ground to a halt when it suffered extensive damage in an arson attack in 2017.
The project won £3.9 million Levelling-Up cash last year to bring the building back to life as a boutique hotel - with Cheltenham-based Dowdeswell Group named as developers.
With no detailed plans having appeared, Councillor Jeremy Hilton (LD, Kingsholm and Wotton) has called for a new company to be brought in.
The council has said it is in "discussions with different interested parties".
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