The Charterhouse

The Charterhouse The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. Founded as a medieval monastery of the Carthusian order, the site became a Tudor mansion, a boys’ school, and an almshouse, which it remains to this day.
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The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. Founded as a medieval monastery of the Carthusian order, the site became a Tudor mansion, a boys’ school, and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. We provide accommodation for over 40 individuals known as ‘Brothers’ who form part of the community alongside staff, private and commercial tenants, and residents of the Infirmary. Our historic and peaceful 7 acre site is an inspiring location for filming and private events. In late January 2017 we opened our doors to the public for the first time in our 660 year history as part of the Revealing the Charterhouse project. Come and discover our fascinating story revealed through our new museum and learning programme; explore the site during a paid tour; and relax with tea and homemade cake in our café. We look forward to welcoming you.

Hello - it's Friday - and our Head Gardener has filmed the latest in her #lockdowndiaries. This time she's focusing on t...
10/07/2020

Hello - it's Friday - and our Head Gardener has filmed the latest in her #lockdowndiaries. This time she's focusing on the box parterres out in Preacher's Court. They used to mainly feature herbs, but now raised vegetable beds have been created & the kitchen team is looking forward to harvesting for the Brothers' meals. Join Kate in the garden here https://youtu.be/-P8aFUIahuM
#gardeningtips #growyourown #vegetables #charity #almshouse

A reminder that we're popping up with our pop-up shop next Tuesday 14th - from 11.00 - 3.00.  You'll find us just outsid...
08/07/2020

A reminder that we're popping up with our pop-up shop next Tuesday 14th - from 11.00 - 3.00. You'll find us just outside the main entrance in Charterhouse Square. If you can - please do come along. We'll be so pleased to see you!!

We are delighted to announce that the Revd. Canon Ann Clarke has been appointed as our new Preacher - the first ever wom...
07/07/2020

We are delighted to announce that the Revd. Canon Ann Clarke has been appointed as our new Preacher - the first ever woman in this special and ancient role at the Charterhouse!
We look forward to meeting her when she moves in later this year. http://www.thecharterhouse.org/news/
#charity #almshouse #Wanstead #Islington #churchjobs

Hello - it's Friday and time for the 3rd in our series of #lockdowndiaries from our Head Gardener Kate Robinson.Here she...
03/07/2020

Hello - it's Friday and time for the 3rd in our series of #lockdowndiaries from our Head Gardener Kate Robinson.
Here she focuses particularly on the lovely wistaria that grows along the wall of our Infirmary - and how to care for wistaria throughout the year https://youtu.be/gTSOzoycX7s
#flowerreport #gardeningtips #gardening #GQT #almshouse #charity

Coming up soon - the latest in our online Lectures exploring the history of the Charterhouse.Join us on 30th July for "P...
03/07/2020

Coming up soon - the latest in our online Lectures exploring the history of the Charterhouse.
Join us on 30th July for "Politics and Conflict: when Charterhouse School moved to Godalming" presented by Charterhouse School archivist Catherine Smith. @OCMLS #oldcarthusians #almshouse #charity #onlinelecture (payment by donation to support the Charterhouse charity)
Book now at https://thecharterhouse.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/28542?catID=28024&

Sadly we cannot welcome you into our Museum shop just yet - but we can bring the shop to you!  Come and discover our Pop...
02/07/2020

Sadly we cannot welcome you into our Museum shop just yet - but we can bring the shop to you! Come and discover our Pop-Up shop on Tuesday 14th July - outside the front of the Charterhouse in Charterhouse Square from 11.00am-3.00pm.
Lovely gifts for history and gardening buffs, books, toys, hand-made terracotta pots and more....
See you there!

It's Friday and time for another lockdown update from Kate Robinson, our Head Gardener.  Here she takes you around the a...
26/06/2020

It's Friday and time for another lockdown update from Kate Robinson, our Head Gardener. Here she takes you around the areas of the garden she is currently working on with a guide to all the plants now in flower - and into the glasshouse where all the seedlings were carefully looked after by Brother Gillie while Kate was off-site. #gardens #lockdowndiaries #gardening #hiddengarden #charity #almshouse #museumfromhome #donationswelcome
https://youtu.be/qRHc27HU-DY

While our Museum is closed we've been busy adding more lovely gift ideas to our online shop...Looking for something a bi...
25/06/2020

While our Museum is closed we've been busy adding more lovely gift ideas to our online shop...
Looking for something a bit different? Why not have a browse? http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/shop/
#giftideas #shoponline #museumfromhome #charity #almshouse #history #gardening

Kate Robinson, our Head Gardener, has been off-site for three months. Join her as she returns to the lovely gardens, loo...
19/06/2020

Kate Robinson, our Head Gardener, has been off-site for three months. Join her as she returns to the lovely gardens, looks at what has been happening while she's been away... and gets back to work...https://youtu.be/MJPihC201qw
#gardens #lockdowndiaries #vlog #flowerreport #gardening #gardenersworld #charity #museum #heritage

It is only relatively recently - since the 1950s - that the gardens at the Charterhouse have started to be planted and m...
18/06/2020

It is only relatively recently - since the 1950s - that the gardens at the Charterhouse have started to be planted and maintained in the beautiful way you can see today - providing a haven of calm for the Brothers.

Here's a lovely quote from the early days of the gardens...

In 1671... the gardener Thomas Field petitioned for a salary increase from £20 to £30 annually. He had lost goods in the recent fire that had destroyed the Brothers’ lodgings but nevertheless was ‘taking great care to keep the Wilderness and Garden in handsome and decent manner, by pruning trees, cutting hedges, weeding in places necessary, rolling and graveling the walks, beautifying thereof and supplying the Masters table’. His petition was approved.

Do you need some Father's Day gift inspiration? How about The Book of Football Association Rules!!With a foreward by Sir...
15/06/2020

Do you need some Father's Day gift inspiration? How about The Book of Football Association Rules!!
With a foreward by Sir Bobby Charlton and intro by Melvyn Bragg..and including the part the Charterhouse played in creating the original FA rules.
What better gift for the lover of the beautiful game?
#fathersday2020 #fathersdaygifts #charity #cultureinquarantine
Order online here http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/shop/

ROOM AVAILABLE IN OUR INFIRMARYThe Charterhouse is a very unusual almshouse in many ways - not least because it is set i...
12/06/2020
Infirmary - The Charterhouse

ROOM AVAILABLE IN OUR INFIRMARY
The Charterhouse is a very unusual almshouse in many ways - not least because it is set in such extraordinary and beautiful surroundings. We are also special because we have our own care home on-site - the QE2 Infirmary - where we offer 24/7 care to the Brothers when they need it - but also to private residents who become members of our community and who bring vital income to our charity.

Right now we have a big light and airy room available, looking out over the lovely gardens -where someone could receive the care and support they need as a private resident. Please do share with anyone you think might benefit. Contact [email protected] for more information #carehome #elderlycare
http://www.thecharterhouse.org/joining-the-community/infirmary/

11/06/2020
Jim Dimond talks about the renovation of our portrait of Charles Talbot Duke of Shewsbury

While we focus on the welfare of the Brothers at the Charterhouse, behind the scenes the National Lottery Heritage Fund renovation and refurbishment project continues.
Here painting conservator and restorer, Jim Dimond, explains the work he has been doing on our 17th Century portrait of Charles Talbot, Duke of Shrewsbury
#heritage #museum #cultureinquarantine #charity #almshouse #donationswelcome #conservation #renovation
https://youtu.be/Z3-P_kNcN20

2020: Jim Dimond is currently cleaning and restoring our major portraits - soon to be hung in their new home on the walls of Great Chamber

Today we are remembering one of the Brothers, a vibrant member of the community - who has very sadly died. The Brothers ...
04/06/2020

Today we are remembering one of the Brothers, a vibrant member of the community - who has very sadly died. The Brothers cannot attend his funeral, but the cortege is driving around Preachers Court on the way so Brothers can pay their respects. #charity #almshouse #lockdown #carehome

Lovely that our Head Gardener Kate Robinson has been able to go back to work this week. She's really impressed with how ...
03/06/2020

Lovely that our Head Gardener Kate Robinson has been able to go back to work this week. She's really impressed with how well some of the Brothers have been looking after the gardens in her absence.
Here's just one lovely snapshot from the garden at the moment - a gorgeous combination of rose campion, carthusian pinks and californian poppies. #gardens
#gardening #hiddengardens #charity #almshouse
You can follow Kate's instagram about the gardens here https://www.instagram.com/thecharterhousegardens/

Museums in the time of lockdown... You might be interested to read this interview with the Master Ann Kenrick, and Museu...
28/05/2020
The Lockdown Interviews – 5 – Ann Kenrick, Master & Chief Executive and Gabriella Swaffield, Museum, Collections and Learning Manager, Charterhouse, London, May 2020

Museums in the time of lockdown...
You might be interested to read this interview with the Master Ann Kenrick, and Museum, Collections and Learning Manager Gabriella Swaffield about the implications of the crisis...
https://tinctureofmuseum.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/the-lockdown-interviews-5-ann-kenrick-master-chief-executive-and-gabriella-swaffield-museum-collections-and-learning-manager-charterhouse-london-may-2020/

Lockdown interviews – Ann Kenrick, Master & Chief Executive and Gabriella Swaffield, Museum, Collections and Learning Manager, Charterhouse, London, May 2020. 1 – What is the current situation …

While the gardening team cannot be on-site, some of the Brothers are kindly helping with some of the day-to-day maintena...
21/05/2020

While the gardening team cannot be on-site, some of the Brothers are kindly helping with some of the day-to-day maintenance of the extensive gardens in the Charterhouse. Such a great way to enhance both mental and physical wellbeing... in challenging times. Read blog posts from Brother Gillie and Brother Rakesh here. http://www.thecharterhouse.org/blog/
#wellbeing #lockdown #donationswelcome #charity #almshouse

At the Charterhouse we are thinking about VE Day tomorrow - and great plans are in place to celebrate while maintaining ...
07/05/2020

At the Charterhouse we are thinking about VE Day tomorrow - and great plans are in place to celebrate while maintaining safe distances from each other.
And thinking back to May 1941 when the Charterhouse was very seriously damaged in the blitz, after which the Brothers were evacuated to Godalming. Of the 60 who went, only 13 returned. The story of the Charterhouse during WW2 here #VEday #almshouse #charity
http://www.thecharterhouse.org/blog/the-charterhouse-during-and-after-wwii/

We are really missing all our visitors right now, both because we love introducing the Charterhouse to them, and because...
06/05/2020

We are really missing all our visitors right now, both because we love introducing the Charterhouse to them, and because they bring vital income to the charity. Without it we have serious challenges.
If you have been promising yourself (or a friend, or loved one) a tour of the Charterhouse - here's the opportunity to buy a "Support Ticket" now - to be redeemed later this year when we open again. Something lovely to look forward to - and a huge support for the charity at this time....
https://thecharterhouse.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

Different windows, different times. The Brothers are mostly confined to their rooms during lockdown - except to collect ...
05/05/2020

Different windows, different times.
The Brothers are mostly confined to their rooms during lockdown - except to collect meals and take exercise in the gardens - all at a safe distance. It's hard - but good to see they are still smiling...
#almshouse #charity #lockdown #Islington

Remembering the sometimes shocking history of the Charterhouse....It was on this day in 1535 that the Carthusian monk Jo...
04/05/2020

Remembering the sometimes shocking history of the Charterhouse....
It was on this day in 1535 that the Carthusian monk John Houghton was taken from the Charterhouse to be hung drawn & quartered for treason. From then to Sept 1537 eighteen Charterhouse monks were martyred. #unprecedented #martyrs #Reformation #Carthusian #museumfromhome

We are really delighted to be part of #TheHiddenCity exhibition commissed by Culture Mile and photographed by Emile Holb...
01/05/2020

We are really delighted to be part of #TheHiddenCity exhibition commissed by Culture Mile and photographed by Emile Holba - aiming to change perceptions of the City and showcase the everyday creativity that takes place behind the scenes, across the City #museum #almshouse #londonhistory https://www.culturemile.london/the-hidden-city/the-charterhouse

Outside the Charterhouse, just by our checkered wall, a lovely tribute to the NHS - left on the pavement#lockdown #never...
28/04/2020

Outside the Charterhouse, just by our checkered wall, a lovely tribute to the NHS - left on the pavement
#lockdown #neverforgotten #clapforNHS #minutesilence #almshouse #charity

Sorry for the radio silence over the last few days... back on Facebook now ....and do you remember our recent post about...
27/04/2020

Sorry for the radio silence over the last few days... back on Facebook now ....and do you remember our recent post about keeping Charterhouse Square open extended hours? The Master came across Cecile (at a distance) out in the Square sketching the Chapel - so nice to see! If anyone else has the chance to do some sketching there - do share it with us. It's an important record of times spent in #lockdown.
#almshouse #chapel #museum #museumsfromhome

Have you seen our 'Design a Coat of Arms' competition?  Throughout history coats of arms have featured all sorts of anim...
18/04/2020
Design your coat of arms competition - The Charterhouse

Have you seen our 'Design a Coat of Arms' competition? Throughout history coats of arms have featured all sorts of animals, plants and trees - what would be your family emblems in modern times??
Set your kids the challenge of coming up with the things they think represent your family! A chance to win your own coat of arms mug and a certificate - and we'll display some of the entries at the Charterhouse. Details here http://www.thecharterhouse.org/design-your-coat-of-arms-competition/

We have extended the opening hours of Charterhouse Square to enable local people more opportunities to take some exercis...
17/04/2020

We have extended the opening hours of Charterhouse Square to enable local people more opportunities to take some exercise there and enjoy the spring blossom. If the Square is where you get a little time out of lockdown - do post a pic on FB or Insta - it would be lovely to know it's being enjoyed.... #lockdown #wellbeing #staypositive #gardens

Do you have children at home needing something fun to do to keep them occupied?  Here's a great competition they could e...
15/04/2020

Do you have children at home needing something fun to do to keep them occupied? Here's a great competition they could enter!
Inspired by the Sutton Coat of Arms here at the Charterhouse (and there's lots of others you can look at for inspiration) - design a coat of arms that represents your family - with prizes to be won! Find out all about it here (and please do share) http://www.thecharterhouse.org/design-your-coat-of-arms-competition/

We are taking extra precautions now at the Charterhouse - the Brothers are no longer eating together - even spaced out a...
09/04/2020

We are taking extra precautions now at the Charterhouse - the Brothers are no longer eating together - even spaced out as they were before, and wearing masks at all times they leave their apartments. Keeping up with our dress codes is a nice way to keep spirits up. Yesterday it was checks - see Brother Sue in check trousers, and Brothers Hilary, Rakesh and Mansel in paisley & floral today.
#stayhomesavelives #wellbeing #staypositive #almshouse #charity

If you are following the sartorial exploits of the Brothers at the Charterhouse to cheer up lockdown... this week it sta...
07/04/2020

If you are following the sartorial exploits of the Brothers at the Charterhouse to cheer up lockdown... this week it started with 'spots' and today it's stripes. And here to model each dress code is Brother Eric in pirate-style spots, and Brother Mansel elegant and summery in stripes (and mask, now worn everywhere outside apartments)...

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The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square
London
EC1M 6AN

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 16:45
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:45
Thursday 11:00 - 16:45
Friday 11:00 - 16:45
Saturday 11:00 - 16:45
Sunday 11:00 - 16:45

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A lovely welcome at The Charterhouse with Heathcliff O'Malley - with particular thanks to Ann, Stanley, Raymond, Andrew, Graham and Stephen
I visited The Charterhouse yesterday for the third time with a friend who had not been before. She was as delighted by this beautiful place as I am. There is a combination of history and social reform together with a peaceful living accommodation for the brothers that live there. The museum and chapel are free and for a modest fee a tour of the building is possible. Our guide yesterday was Pat and she was both knowledgeable and friendly . Sadly the coffee shop next door has closed it's doors but hopefully alternative refreshments will be available in the future.
Interesting view of "Tapestry Room, Charterhouse" from an old Postcard!
Drawing from life - sitting by the square. Need to re-visit for more drawings, excellent architecture and history.
The Marie Stuart (Mary, Queen of Scots) Society visited here yesterday and had a great time. Our congratulations to all at Charterhouse for such well laid out exhibition; our thanks to the staff and brothers for accommodating our special request; and a special mention to Guide Raymond for sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with us. All much appreciated!