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The Fleece Inn - Bretforton

Updated: Nov 29, 2021

A pub steeped in history and one of the most unique venue's I've ever filmed at, can you believe it almost burnt down!

The Couple - Ben & Liv

Why Do You Want To Capture Your Wedding On Video? - To watch back every anniversary and to show our daughter when she's older.

Why Did You Pick Moments In White? - Really loved the style and editing. Wasn't too cringy and really captured the feeling of the day.

You Guys ... What Do You Do?... How Do You Spend Your Days?... What's Important In

Life? - Liv - stroke nurse at Worcester hospital, Ben - accountant, we love hiking and travel. Excited to start taking Rosie on some trips next year! We are happiest when outside, either in a forest or the mountains. We also love a good pub, hence getting married at one!

The Proposal ... Tell Me Everything (All The Gushy Details) - Liv had to wait 8 years, Ben planned an epic proposal in Paris, which Liv accidentally ruined and ended up with Ben proposing in his boxers in a dodgy air BnB in Paris! We spent the next day doing all the things Ben had planned for the actual proposal!

The Venue/s ...Why This Place Above Anywhere Else? - Gorgeous country pub, loved the rustic charm! Very relaxed and friendly with an amazing orchard. Just suited our vision for the day!

What Experience Do You Want To Give Your Guests? - We wanted them to enjoy plenty of beer, some garden games, fuss an alpaca and rock out to some great music.

The Venue

The Fleece Inn is without equal in England and has played an enormous part in six centuries of Cotswold history. It was originally built as a longhouse in the time of Chaucer by a farmer named Byrd and remained in the ownership of a single family for virtually the whole time. It has remained largely undisturbed in its architecture since the mid 17th century.

A pub steeped in history like the Fleece has many stories to tell. The building was already 71 years old when the Lancastrians marched by on their way to final defeat in the Wars of the Roses at the Battle of Tewksbury, and it was 200 years old when the Gunpowder Plotters rode past on their ill-fated attempt to blow up Parliament.

But it’s the people who make a pub and its last private owner, Miss Lola Taplin, whose character is most stamped on The Fleece (or ‘The Ark’ as is was known to the local folk). A direct descendent of the man who built the inn, she lived in it for all her 77 years until she passed away in 1977 in front of the fire in the snug. Lola bequeathed the inn to The National Trust making it the first pub in the country to be owned by the charity.

Lola Taplin is fondly remembered in the Fleece and local folklore has it that she still watches over the pub and its people in the incarnation of an owl that sits on the ridge of the thatched barn.

Tragically the Fleece itself nearly passed into history at midday on 27th February 2004, when a spark from a chimney set fire to its thatch and aged timbers. Precious antiques were rescued by the locals while fire fighters tackled the blaze to save the inn from total destruction.

A massive renovation program followed, the first since the 17th century. The Fleece was carefully restored to retain its integrity and traditional features; the atmosphere and architecture have also remained unchanged. The Pewter collection that has been on open display for over 300 years has been restored and the witch circles repainted, in accordance with local tradition, to prevent witches from entering down the chimneys.

What The Couple Said About Moments In White

"Cannot recommend Jay highly enough for capturing our day! Firstly, he's just a really nice, genuine, normal person, he slotted into the chaotic morning of wedding preparations with ease and captured some beautiful shots! He totally understood the feel of the wedding day, we wanted it to be very informal, relaxed and all about having a good time. The editing of the film is brilliant, he ties the day together so well. It's definitely a video we will treasure for years to come."

Wedding Videography By Moments In White

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