Life and Times at the Chequers

Please enjoy these remarkable documents written by previous occupants of The Chequers.


"An elephant's trunk found its way through the Tap Room window..."

An article that describes life in the pub nearly 100 years ago. From Mrs. Elizabeth Rutson, who lived in The Chequers in the 1920s and 1930s. At this time the pub was run by her grandparents (This article appeared in The Watlington Times, dated 26/11/75 under the section: LOCAL PUBS No. 5).


Before and through WW II

A moving description of life in The Chequers by Pete Hemmins (Senior). Whose father ran the pub until 1947.

This is a sketch of the floor plan from 1930 to 1947.


1950s and 1960s

An email from Dennis Williams whose Grandad had the Chequers in the 1950s and 1960s.


Do you have any knowledge of the pub's history?

If you have any knowledge or experience of The Chequers' history, and think it would be of interest, please email Trevor at: Trevor.Davis@red-rocket.co.uk

These articles have been provided by/to Andy Stokes, the Landlord from 2011-2016. If you contributed or provided these articles, please let me know and I will acredit them to you if you wish.


When was The Chequers Built?

There a records of inns existing from the 15th century in Watlington (Wikipedia). The Chequers is likely to have been built towards the end of that period.