Unicorn Theatre / The Checker

18 Jun 2000
Unicorn Theatre, Thames Street, Abingdon, Vale Of White Horse, Oxfordshire, OX14 3JD
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The Checker, Abingdon, Vale Of White Horse, Oxfordshire, OX14 3JD
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.



SU 4997 1/159A 19.1.51 The Checker



C13 origin. Square stone building, with buttresses. On ground floor, a doorway with 2 centred arch and continuous moulding heads to the undercroft, formerly the abbots wine cellar, which has one octagonal pier and single chamfered ribs in four bays.

The room above has a doorway with continuous moulding and two Decorated two-light windows. Triangular lobby with three doorways made when the room was divided into two in the C14. In the right hand chamber is a fine C13 fireplace, with a stiff leaf and other leaf capitals and projecting hood.

Tall chimney with rare top; the vents are three stepped lancets in a gable. Restored circa 1910. West of the checker is a lower stone range probably the former Granary, and then a timber framed gable on a stone base. Roof with two tiers of wind braces. The Checker Hall has been reformed out of a block of cottages, and is now a theatre with an apron stage, described under the Unicorn Theatre, Thames Street.

Listing NGR: SU4997497021


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1350 IOE Records taken by David J Mazey; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Dr David J Mazey. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Mazey, David J

Rights Holder: Mazey, David J


Stone, Medieval House, Monument (By Form), Domestic, Dwelling, Granary, Agriculture And Subsistence, Food And Drink Processing Site, Agricultural Building, Building, Unassigned, Abbey, Religious Ritual And Funerary, Religious House, Theatre, Recreational, Music Speech And Dance Venue, Benedictine Monastery, Monastery