The Fleece Inn, Elland

The Fleece, Elland stands on Westgate / Jepson Lane.

The Great House Farm was originally a U-plan hall-and-cross-wing hearth-passage farmhouse built around 1610. There is a large barn at the rear.

In 1???, the name was changed to The Fleece Inn.

There was a bowling green at the pub.

In August 1878, Mr Rhodes applied that the licence of the Old Fleece, Elland be transferred to Mr Thwaite of the Old Fleece, Greetland,

Joachim von Ribbentrop, Hitler's Ambassador to Britain, stayed at the inn when he was working as a travelling salesman selling wine and champagne.

There is a legend that a mark on the stairs is the indelible bloodstained handprint of a man called Leatherty Coit who was killed in a fight at the pub in 1700s. The stairs were destroyed in a fire in 197?.

There are said to be several other poltergeists and ghosts, including the grey lady, and the ghost of a pregnant 20-year-old girl who was murdered with an axe.

In 1997, the name was changed to the Great House.

It later reverted to the Fleece Inn.

This is discussed in the books Halifax Pubs and Our Home & Country.

See Haunted Calderdale

Innkeepers, licensees and landlords:


This & associated entries use material contributed by Lesley Abernethy, Derrick Habergham & Kai Roberts

© Malcolm Bull 2024
Revised 16:05 / 20th April 2024 / 8157

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