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The Chequers

Halfpenny Newsman 30th October 1880

An interesting news cutting, not sure if they really drank tea but for forty five farm labourers to turn up for a union meeting is impressive. No buses in those days.

Below, the Chequers in about 1970, some strange things had already begun to happen to it, the bow fronted Georgian window was the start of much worse to come. In the early 60s it was pretty much unspoilt with a Walnut tree in the garden and an large aviary out the back. In the fifties we would never fail to stop to see the caged birds as we passed by on our bikes. This photo was taken from a Flickr page run by Sparrosnaps, he has numerous other local pub photos on there. Thanks to him, or her, whoever they may be. Now grit your teeth and scroll down to the mock Tudor abomination created by a hapless Harold Hillian who came into a few bob. It is his idea of Ye Olde Chequers Inn. You can scrub off graffitti. Vandalism by owner is often more devastating more damaging and much longer lasting.