Colchester Archaeological Trust
CAT Report 1595: summary
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Historic building recording of the former Fleece public house, 27 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1NS
by Mark Baister
Date report completed: September 2020
Location: Former Fleece public house, 27 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1NS
Map reference(s): TL 84772 22503
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Project type: Historic building recording
Significance of the results:
A programme of historic building recording was carried out by Colchester Archaeological Trust at the former Fleece public house, 27 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex in August 2020. The former public house is a two-storey structure with multiple ranges and ridge-lines.
It was originally constructed as a hall-house in the 15th century before being largely rebuilt in the 17th, and has multiple additions and extensions from the 18th, 19th and 20th-centuries. The building recording focused on the ground-floor of the main 17thcentury range, which had been the most impacted by the recent closure of the pub and the building’s conversion (back) into a house.
The survey found that the main changes to the structure since its conversion were the removal of the bar and the insertion of two stud walls. Both of these walls, however, are in the location of original divisions within the structure and so represent a return to the building’s original plan form. Aside from some minor furnishing changes, little else has been altered within the building. The conversion work also had the result of exposing a series of original sash shutters on the exterior of the early 19th-century bay windows on the front elevation.