Work progressing on The Fleece Hotel
MAJOR work has now been completed as part of the project to restore one of Gloucester's most historic buildings to its former glory.
Gloucester City Council is spending £350,000 to rejuvenate The Fleece Hotel, in Westgate Street, so an investor can take it on.
This week, major work has been finished on at the salt loft and kitchen block bringing them up to scratch.
Councillor Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: "The works at the site need to be carefully managed to ensure the regeneration is in keeping with the nature of the buildings.
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"Much of the previous works carried out on the site have not been kind to the building and it is our aim to bring the site back to its former glory."
Large scale repair work has recently been done to weather proof the salt loft by replacing parts of the roof and installing a new hand carved oak beam.
Phil Staddon, the council's director of regeneration, in charge of the council, said: "Further works are imminent and will remove modern fixtures and fittings, as well as renewing sections of defective guttering and glazing."
The Grade I listed building has a 12th Century stone undercroft, said to be one of the finest in Northern Europe. Historically insignificant extensions are being ripped out so the best of the later inn can be seen again.
An inn was built on the site in around 1500 and the first record of it being the Fleece can be dated to 1673.