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Caption for Abingdon, The Checker Fireplace 1924: Inside the Checker is a remarkably fine fireplace with 13th-century carved stiff-leaved foliage capitals to the supporting columns. Unfortunately the stone chimney hood it supported has long gone. The flue terminates in the fireplace's famous and original chimney, which we can see in view 26992, and others: it has gables to each side with three stepped lancets allowing smoke to escape. The Checker and the upper floor of the old bakehouse are now occupied by the Unicorn Theatre, opened in 1953 - it has a version of a Shakespearian-period stage.

Memories of Abingdon-on-Thames

I am trying to obtain information regarding a mid- air collision over Bracknell Berkshire in the 1940’s. Believed to be 1943 but could a few years away from that date. It is believed to be between a Hurricane and a Spitfire but there is also no confirmation of that. The incident happened opposite what is (...Read full memory)

My Dad was in the Canadian army and was posted to London when I was 7 years old . We lived in the top flat at 27 Chartfield Avenue . What a magical place ! The back yard was huge, with apple, pear and cherry trees to climb and a massive grassy area to run . We were an international (...Read full memory)

I remember this well - a glorious early Summer's day and lovely spots to play music, dance and drink beer with Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris. We started - I think - at a pub called "The Ox" and progressed through the day with dance (...Read full memory)

My mother's ancestors all seemed to live in Abingdon and the surrounding villages of Launton, Kiddlington, Bicester, Charlbury etc. and I am collecting photographic records of these families and their activities for a family tree.  Photos are a good way of recording events.  There are many (...Read full memory)

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