While my last post was on the beautiful Long Gallery, Lower Hall and Checker that remain of St Mary’s Abbey in Abingdon, this blog is on the other domestic buildings that are currently cared for by the Friends of Abingdon: the Checker Hall, that has been converted into the Unicorn Theatre, and a former bakehouse by the Millstream.The 15th-century timbered roof in the Checker Hall was only revealed when the building was taken over by the Friends of Abingdon. An Elizabethan-style stage was erected in 1953 and the building became the Unicorn Theatre. The hall has excellent acoustics and is actively used for plays, movies, concerts, operas and poetry readings. Please check this page to see what’s on.
A passage or ‘slype’ connects Checker Walk with Thames Street.
The Friends of Abingdon civic society was formed in 1944 and purchased the row of derelict cottages and the former bakehouse, which are now the Unicorn Theatre and the society’s office. The Friends later acquired the Long Gallery and Checker, which they restored and maintain as well.
To get an impression of the other Abbey Buildings, check out my previous blog.