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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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.

Operating as usual

Still a few more places on our November 5th historic tour of the Charterhouse out in Charterhouse Square. Join Brother B...
20/10/2020

Still a few more places on our November 5th historic tour of the Charterhouse out in Charterhouse Square. Join Brother Brian as he takes you on a fascinating journey across seven centuries of history & lives lived and lost at the Charterhouse. You can book here https://thecharterhouse.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/30794?catID=30260&
#tour #charterhousesquare #heritage #socialdistancing #tudor #monastery

Some glorious gilding to enchant you in the lead-up to opening up our sumptuously refurbished Great Chamber (online) tom...
07/10/2020

Some glorious gilding to enchant you in the lead-up to opening up our sumptuously refurbished Great Chamber (online) tomorrow... watch this space!

We're delighted to be offering three new dates for live history tours of the Charterhouse, from outside in Charterhouse ...
06/10/2020

We're delighted to be offering three new dates for live history tours of the Charterhouse, from outside in Charterhouse Square. Join us on 8th or 22nd October, or 5th November, when Brother Brian will be guiding you through a fascinating 6 centuries of lives lived and lost.
Book your place (limited numbers) here ➡️ https://thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

Exciting news... our wonderful newly refurbished Great Chamber will be revealed this week - online at least.  Sadly it w...
05/10/2020

Exciting news... our wonderful newly refurbished Great Chamber will be revealed this week - online at least. Sadly it will be some time until we can welcome the public through its doors... but in the meantime we have a great new web page with lots of photos and details. Look out for the announcement this week.
In the meantime - another little sneak peek...
Here's a view from the Ante Chamber, now resplendent in a deep red/orange hue, looking out onto Queen's Walk, where Elizabeth I would have taken the air walking along the top of the Norfolk Cloister

Our lovely Great Chamber has undergone a renaissance!  Renovators and skilled artisans of all sorts have transformed the...
29/09/2020

Our lovely Great Chamber has undergone a renaissance! Renovators and skilled artisans of all sorts have transformed the room over the last year - and we had great plans to reveal it to the public this autumn. Sadly this cannot happen - but we will be revealing it virtually on our website next week! In the meantime a little teaser .... some of the illustrious hands you will be able to see when we open up online.

Kate, our Head Gardener, has been busy potting up a selection of plants from the Charterhouse Gardens.  If you're in the...
23/09/2020

Kate, our Head Gardener, has been busy potting up a selection of plants from the Charterhouse Gardens. If you're in the area why not call in at our Gatehouse on Charterhouse Square and choose something lovely for your garden or windowsill.
#gardens #gardening #PottedPlants #donationswelcome

A huge thank you to all the brilliant contributors to our two-day online festival Flower Power, and to all the generous ...
21/09/2020

A huge thank you to all the brilliant contributors to our two-day online festival Flower Power, and to all the generous people who donated towards our charity to attend the events. It was a big success -and we hope we can do something similar again soon, while we're still closed to the public.
Wolves Lane Flower Company Horatio's Garden Leigh Chappell Flowers Nettlewood Flowers Ellen Mary Gardening The Floral Project Floral Evolution Janne Ford Photography Thatflowershop Shane Connolly and Company

If you're on Twitter, you might like to know that our Museum Manager Gabriella Swaffield will be answering any questions...
15/09/2020

If you're on Twitter, you might like to know that our Museum Manager Gabriella Swaffield will be answering any questions about the Charterhouse history or collection tomorrow - between 10.00 and 12.00 with the hashtag #AskTheCurator
Put your questions to her at @GSwaffield

We're popping up again!We'll be setting up shop outside the main entrance of the Charterhouse, in Charterhouse Square, f...
14/09/2020

We're popping up again!
We'll be setting up shop outside the main entrance of the Charterhouse, in Charterhouse Square, from 12.00-4.00 this Thursday 17th - come and discover a great selection of gifts for history buffs, garden lovers and more...
See you there! (NB please wear a mask & observe social distancing guide)

10/09/2020
News from Monty Don

Thank you to the wonderful Monty Don for sharing news of our upcoming Flower Power festival!
NB Booking closes 13.00 17th September - so don't miss your chance to join us!

Look out for The Charterhouse Flower Power festival - two days of online talks and demos with an inspiring line-up celebrating the power of flowers to bring pleasure and wellbeing. In support of the Charterhouse charity and British flowers. Sept 18/19. #FlowerPower https://thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

03/09/2020
The Charterhouse Brothers reflecting on the gardens during lockdown

Our Flower Power online festival coming up on 18/19 September was inspired by the Brothers at the Charterhouse and the obvious benefit they got from being in the gardens, and getting involved with gardening during this protracted lockdown.

See what some of them said about what the gardens mean to them https://youtu.be/WTFyjiqC2HI
#gardens #gardening #wellbeing #charity #almshouse

The Charterhouse Brothers reflecting on the gardens during lockdown

As part of our forthcoming Flower Power festival we are delighted that Ashley Edwards will be joining us from @HoratiosG...
02/09/2020

As part of our forthcoming Flower Power festival we are delighted that Ashley Edwards will be joining us from @HoratiosGarden.
Horatio’s Garden is a charity that creates and lovingly cares for beautiful accessible gardens in NHS spinal injury centres. Ashley joined them recently from his role as Head Gardener at Strawberry Hill House.
We know from our own experience at the Charterhouse how beneficial time spent in gardens can be for older, and unwell residents. We are especially pleased to be offering a talk on how Horatio's Garden works closely with hospitals and their patients to make bespoke gardens for them.
Book your place at Ashley's talk at 5.30pm on 18th September here https://thecharterhouse.digitickets.co.uk/category/29541
#charity #NHS #spinalinjury #hospital #gardens #disabled #disabledlife

26/08/2020
Flower Power is now live!!

We're celebrating the power of flowers, gardens and gardening to bring joy and wellbeing. Join us for our two day online festival on 18/19 September for a fantastic line-up of top florists, garden designers and growers - sharing their passion for flowers. Details and booking at https://thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

21/08/2020
Lockdown diary no 10 with our Head Gardener Kate Robinson

In her latest garden lockdown diary, our Head Gardener Kate Robinson looks at all the late summer flowers - a lovely cool mix of bright whites and pretty purples - and ends with a lovely calm spot by the pond where Brothers can have a nice quiet moment. #FlowerPower #gardens #gardeningtips #charity #almshouse #heritage
https://youtu.be/7EEt2BSs7cs

Kate shows the lovely display of late summer flowers in Preacher's Court - include white anemones and hydrangeas, mixed with pretty purples, such as the Rosa...

Coming up in September.... We are delighted to present FLOWER POWER! Celebrating the power of gardens and gardening to b...
17/08/2020

Coming up in September.... We are delighted to present FLOWER POWER! Celebrating the power of gardens and gardening to bring pleasure and wellbeing. A two-day online festival of talks and demonstrations, with a great line up of growers, florists, designers and gardeners. Details and booking to follow soon.
#wellbeing #MuseumsFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #museumlife #flowers #florist Leigh Chappell Flowers Nettlewood Flowers #gardening #gardenlife #mentalhealth

A little bit of fun here - if you have a few spare minutes, and like jigsaws!We've created a selection of online jigsaws...
13/08/2020

A little bit of fun here - if you have a few spare minutes, and like jigsaws!
We've created a selection of online jigsaws featuring lovely images from the Charterhouse. (We'll be adding more over time).
Have a go! https://www.jigsawplanet.com/thecharterhouse
#museumjigsaw #MuseumFromHome #museumlover #museumlife #charity #heritage #kidsplay

It's Friday and time for the latest in the Lockdown Diaries from our Head Gardener Kate Robinson.Here she takes you roun...
07/08/2020

It's Friday and time for the latest in the Lockdown Diaries from our Head Gardener Kate Robinson.
Here she takes you round the planting in Chapel Court - the elegant garden at the main entrance to the Charterhouse Museum. https://youtu.be/wNDVaiDQ64U
#museumfromhome #gardens #heritage #charity #almshouse

06/08/2020
Does anyone have a man's bike they don't need....

If anyone nearby has a man's bike that is lying somewhere unloved and unused.... we would love to have it. While the Brothers are still sensibly cautious about using public transport, having a couple of spare bikes would be a great option....

Join our Museum Manager Gabriella Swaffield and travel back 600 years through the fascinating history of the Charterhous...
05/08/2020

Join our Museum Manager Gabriella Swaffield and travel back 600 years through the fascinating history of the Charterhouse, told through a selection of objects from the Charterhouse's extensive collection.
Gabriella is giving her Lecture online on Wednesday 26th August. Book your place now, by paying with a donation here https://thecharterhouse.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/29364?catID=28933& #London #heritage #monastery #BlackDeath #Tudor #Carthusian #onlinelecture #museumfromhome #cultureinquarantine

If you have found happiness in your garden during lockdown - why not share your most beautiful garden photos with us on ...
04/08/2020

If you have found happiness in your garden during lockdown - why not share your most beautiful garden photos with us on Instagram with a chance to win a lovely Charterhouse soap & seeds prize each week this month.
Head over to our Instagram & post your pictures there. This week the theme is "From Pot to Plate" (or even from Plot to Plate??) #growyourown #growyourownveggies #gardeninglife #FlowerPower #wellbeing #charity #Almshouse
https://www.instagram.com/p/CDa3LNDHttb/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Two years ago the lovely cherry tree in Washhouse Court sadly died.... but that wasn't the end of its story.  We gave th...
29/07/2020

Two years ago the lovely cherry tree in Washhouse Court sadly died.... but that wasn't the end of its story. We gave the wood to specialist woodturner Colin Seabrook and he has created a wonderful range of small hand-crafted bowls for us, beautifully showing off the grain and sheen of this lovely cherry wood. We have a limited supply - but you can now buy these special little pieces of Charterhouse history at our online shop http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/shop/ #artisan Woodland Bowls #museum #giftideas #souvenir #donationswelcome #museum #almshouse

A story of early waterworks...This is a plan c1624 of the water system going through the Charterhouse... but actually wa...
28/07/2020

A story of early waterworks...
This is a plan c1624 of the water system going through the Charterhouse... but actually water was first piped to the Charterhouse much much earlier - in the 1430s when it was a Carthusian monastery. You can see the original plan of this remarkably sophisticated waterwork system in our museum - but also you can read about it here http://www.thecharterhouse.org/blog/object-month-october-2017/ #heritage #infrastructure #museumfromhome #cultureinquarantine #charity #museum

Our lovely head Gardener Kate Robinson has been out in the gardens photographing some of the great gifts we've got for g...
27/07/2020

Our lovely head Gardener Kate Robinson has been out in the gardens photographing some of the great gifts we've got for gardeners on our online shop.... if you are into pruning, deadheading, attracting bees, planting herbs, looking at beautiful images of gardens... why not give our shop a visit? http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/shop/
#gardeningtips #gardeninglife #charity #almshouse #giftideas

Hello - it's Friday and time to share the latest in the #lockdowndiaries from our Head Gardener Kate Robinson.Today she'...
17/07/2020

Hello - it's Friday and time to share the latest in the #lockdowndiaries from our Head Gardener Kate Robinson.
Today she's out in Charterhouse Square taking you on a tour of the lovely wildflower meadow round the outside of our park - great for pollinators and very pretty. #savethebees #wildflowers #flowerreport #meadow #museum #charity #urbangardens #charterhousesquare
https://youtu.be/oOOlctwnPuo

While we are closed to the public, to protect our vulnerable residents, we are delighted to introduce THE MASTER TOURS!J...
15/07/2020

While we are closed to the public, to protect our vulnerable residents, we are delighted to introduce THE MASTER TOURS!
Join Ann Kenrick OBE, Master of the Charterhouse, as she guides you on six mini-tours from our seven-acre site.
Pay by donation to see these glimpses of our extraordinary history - and support our charity at this difficult time.
https://thecharterhouse.digitickets.co.uk/category/11953

It's today!!  We're busy setting up our Pop-Up with a great selection of the lovely gifts and books, plus our new bespok...
14/07/2020

It's today!! We're busy setting up our Pop-Up with a great selection of the lovely gifts and books, plus our new bespoke terracotta planting pots. If you are in the area - or know someone who is - really looking forward to seeing you today between 11.00 and 3.00 (with appropriate protective measures in place).

It's tomorrow!  Come and visit our Pop-Up shop outside the Charterhouse tomorrow - and help support our charity during t...
13/07/2020

It's tomorrow! Come and visit our Pop-Up shop outside the Charterhouse tomorrow - and help support our charity during these difficult times. We really look forward to seeing you (with appropriate protective measures in place) from 11.00am to 3.00pm. #popup #museum #giftideas #lockdown #charity

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

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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

Telephone

0203 8188873

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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!