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The Checker Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon on Thames

Description: The Checker Unicorn Theatre

Grade: I
Date Listed: 19 January 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 250264

OS Grid Reference: SU4997397022
OS Grid Coordinates: 449973, 197022
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6698, -1.2788

Location: 18 Thames Street, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3JD

Locality: Abingdon on Thames
Local Authority: Vale of White Horse District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX14 3JD

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Listing Text


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

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Source: English Heritage

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