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
Copyright IoE 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