The Charterhouse

The Charterhouse We are an almshouse, home to a vibrant community, as well as a heritage site dating back to 1348. We look forward to welcoming you.
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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 free museum and tour programme!

Richard Kimber Franklin (15 January 1936 – 24 December 2023)We are very sad to share the news of Richard Franklin’s deat...
04/01/2024

Richard Kimber Franklin (15 January 1936 – 24 December 2023)

We are very sad to share the news of Richard Franklin’s death; our thoughts are with his family and friends. Richard was an actor, director and writer possibly best known for his roles as Captain Yates in Doctor Who and Denis Rigg in Emmerdale. He lived at the Charterhouse for 14 years and will be very much missed but long remembered. Richard was dearly loved by his family and in later years, loved nothing more than spending time with them in the Cornish countryside, where he found solace.

Click to read more about Richard in our blogpost: https://thecharterhouse.org/blog/

Photo from Liam Rudden Media

📜 Charterhouse Stories - Treasury key 🗝️This is the key to a room that has been the Carthusian monastery treasury, a str...
03/01/2024

📜 Charterhouse Stories - Treasury key 🗝️

This is the key to a room that has been the Carthusian monastery treasury, a strongroom for Sutton’s Hospital in the early 17th Century and is now a museum collection store. Its architecture contains remnants of the medieval monastic building, but we think it mainly dates back to the 1512 refurbishment paid for by Henry VII.

Hilary Mantel used to visit and spend time sitting in our Treasury room as part of her process while she was writing the “Wolf Hall” trilogy.

🔎 Passersby are often intrigued about what lies behind the walls of the Charterhouse!  To explore our fascinating herita...
02/01/2024

🔎 Passersby are often intrigued about what lies behind the walls of the Charterhouse!

To explore our fascinating heritage site hidden in the heart of Clerkenwell, you can book a tour and learn more about who lives here. For more information and to book tickets: https://ow.ly/ipRf50Qk9Cu

Photo by Lawrence Watson Photography

🎆 Happy New Year from everyone at the Charterhouse, wishing you good health & happiness in 2024!We are looking forward t...
01/01/2024

🎆 Happy New Year from everyone at the Charterhouse, wishing you good health & happiness in 2024!

We are looking forward to welcoming you back tomorrow.

🎄 With Christmas Day traditionally being the first of the 12 Days of Christmas and Epiphany on the 5 January being the l...
29/12/2023

🎄 With Christmas Day traditionally being the first of the 12 Days of Christmas and Epiphany on the 5 January being the last, we are taking the opportunity to continue to make the most of the festive season here at the Charterhouse!

🏳️‍🌈 Join our   history talk and tour led by Brothers (residents) that will bring to life characters who have influenced...
28/12/2023

🏳️‍🌈 Join our history talk and tour led by Brothers (residents) that will bring to life characters who have influenced and impacted the Charterhouse and see our stunning historic rooms and buildings from a new perspective. These events will help start to tell a previously hidden story about our historic institution, and we hope everyone will enjoy them!

Thursday evenings 1, 8, 15 and 22 February. Tickets: £20, including a glass of wine.

Find out more: https://ow.ly/5hb950QjJjT

Photo credit Will Pryce.

📜 Charterhouse Stories Can you guess what this object is? We are lucky enough to have both historic and modern gas lamps...
27/12/2023

📜 Charterhouse Stories

Can you guess what this object is?

We are lucky enough to have both historic and modern gas lamps at the Charterhouse, and this is the mechanism from one of the 19th century gas lamps in front of the gatehouse entrance. A British Gas London Lamplighter visits regularly to wind and re-set the mechanism in response to the changing sunset and sunrise hours.

Wishing you a very happy and peaceful Christmas from everyone at the Charterhouse. 🌟
25/12/2023

Wishing you a very happy and peaceful Christmas from everyone at the Charterhouse. 🌟

🎄⛄🎅🏼🤶🦌 The Museum has now closed its doors for Christmas.  However, the Chapel remains open for services. Wishing you a ...
23/12/2023

🎄⛄🎅🏼🤶🦌 The Museum has now closed its doors for Christmas. However, the Chapel remains open for services.

Wishing you a wonderful festive period, and we look forward to seeing you in 2024!

🌘 It's Winter Solstice today which marks the shortest day of the year and the fewest daylight hours. The Charterhouse is...
22/12/2023

🌘 It's Winter Solstice today which marks the shortest day of the year and the fewest daylight hours.

The Charterhouse is particularly atmospheric after dark, and with our Candlelit tours and Community Warm Space on Friday's 10.00 - 12.00, we look forward to welcoming you through the winter. ❄️

👉 Community Warm Space is open today 10.00 - 12.00 and 29 December. On 29, entry is via the Museum, while the museum remains closed.

🧑‍🎨 Drawing Masterclasses with our Brothers and The Stuart Low TrustAfter a session focusing on the gardens and thinking...
21/12/2023

🧑‍🎨 Drawing Masterclasses with our Brothers and The Stuart Low Trust

After a session focusing on the gardens and thinking about landscapes, the Masterclasses with Martine Arty from Pomegranart have been reflecting on portraiture. Inspired by the collection of 17th-century paintings in the Great Chamber, everyone has been doing some fantastic work!

Thank you to Museum Development London and the Diversity Matters Programme.

If you missed our beautiful Candlelit tours this December - don't worry we have extra dates.  Plan for a memorable start...
20/12/2023

If you missed our beautiful Candlelit tours this December - don't worry we have extra dates. Plan for a memorable start to 2024!

🕯️Thursday 25 January
🔦 Friday 16 February
💫 Friday 8 March

Doors open at 6:00 pm with a pop-up bar so you can enjoy this atmospheric tour while sipping your favourite drink.

To find out more visit: https://ow.ly/MeRl50QhnCt

🧦 Drop by for last-minute Christmas stocking fillers. We have gifts for everyone from retro 1950s Christmas tree lights ...
19/12/2023

🧦 Drop by for last-minute Christmas stocking fillers.

We have gifts for everyone from retro 1950s Christmas tree lights to beeswax candles, handmade soaps from The Clovelly Soap Company, perfect pocket guidebooks to London’s Houses and Hidden Walks or even a box of slugs.

If you prefer to give an experience as a gift, you can also buy vouchers for a Charterhouse tour online, which we think would be a perfect treat for someone! Find out more here: https://thecharterhouse.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

***UPDATE***🗓️ Christmas closing reminder:This Friday, 22 December, is the last opening day for the Museum but the Chape...
18/12/2023

***UPDATE***

🗓️ Christmas closing reminder:

This Friday, 22 December, is the last opening day for the Museum but the Chapel will remain open with entry through the Gatehouse.

On Friday 29 December the Community Warm Space will be open 10am to 12pm. Entry will be via the museum entrance; the Museum itself will remain closed.

👉 We will look forward to welcoming everyone back on Tuesday, 2 January 2024. The Museum will re-open and tours will restart.

We know Christmas can sometimes be a difficult time, and especially if you are grieving a loved one. The Good Grief Trus...
16/12/2023

We know Christmas can sometimes be a difficult time, and especially if you are grieving a loved one. The Good Grief Trust do wonderful work by bringing together bereavement services under one umbrella - help and hope.

We've installed this plaque on a bench at our museum and Chapel entrance, so anyone can access information on support services and associated charities by scanning the QR code.

For more information visit their website: https://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/

Warm, Welcoming and Free ☕Drop in on Fridays to our Community Warm Space from 10am to 12pm for a hot drink and chat, or ...
14/12/2023

Warm, Welcoming and Free ☕

Drop in on Fridays to our Community Warm Space from 10am to 12pm for a hot drink and chat, or just for some quiet time.

👉Please note: Community Warm Space is open Friday 15, 22 and 29 December. On 29 December, entry will be via the museum entrance, the Museum itself will remain closed.

Our veteran Mulberry trees have been having lots of attention recently! They have been photographed for the Morus Londin...
13/12/2023

Our veteran Mulberry trees have been having lots of attention recently!

They have been photographed for the Morus Londinium website which contains an interactive map of Mulberry trees in London. Our gardening team also took the opportunity for some maintenance of the trees which are now reclining due to their age. While they are dormant they have been pruned and props have been adjusted so their branches remain in the air and they are ready for spring!

Find out more here: https://www.moruslondinium.org/

This Thursday 14 December, join us in our chapel at 5.30pm for a Choral Evensong with Thames Chamber Choir.  🕯️Entry is ...
12/12/2023

This Thursday 14 December, join us in our chapel at 5.30pm for a Choral Evensong with Thames Chamber Choir. 🕯️

Entry is free and everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

👉 To find out more visit: https://ow.ly/WmF150QhTeo

🗓️  Closing this week:This Tuesday, 12 December, the Museum will be closed and there will be no tours.This Thursday, 14 ...
11/12/2023

🗓️ Closing this week:

This Tuesday, 12 December, the Museum will be closed and there will be no tours.

This Thursday, 14 December - the Museum closes early at 1pm.

Saturday, 16 December, is the last day for a tour. The Museum and Chapel are open next week.

Everyone is invited to join us in our Jacobean chapel for a peaceful Choral Evensong.  🕯️Thursday 14 December, 5.30pm wi...
09/12/2023

Everyone is invited to join us in our Jacobean chapel for a peaceful Choral Evensong. 🕯️

Thursday 14 December, 5.30pm with Thames Chamber Choir.

Entry is free and everybody is welcome - we look forward to seeing you there.

👉 To find out more: https://ow.ly/WBRe50QfSLH

🗓️ To ensure you have the best experience when you visit, please note our closing dates for December:Tuesday 12  - Museu...
07/12/2023

🗓️ To ensure you have the best experience when you visit, please note our closing dates for December:

Tuesday 12 - Museum closed and no tours

Thursday 14 - Museum closes early at 1pm

Saturday 16 - last tour

Friday 22 - last day of opening for the Museum and Chapel

We will look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday, 2 January 2024. The Museum will re-open and tours will restart.

🏳‍🌈 The Charterhouse is delighted to take part in LGBT+ History Month for the first time in February 2024. The programme...
06/12/2023

🏳‍🌈 The Charterhouse is delighted to take part in LGBT+ History Month for the first time in February 2024.

The programme includes a talk & tour bringing to life characters who have influenced the Charterhouse, and a performance: Take Desire Away; The q***r sensibility of A.E Houseman in his own words. It will help start to tell a previously hidden story about our historic institution.

To find out more: https://ow.ly/nimB50QfSsb

CANCELLED The Twelve Days of Lute-songUnfortunately, Musicke in the Ayre are very sorry to say they have had to cancel t...
06/12/2023

CANCELLED The Twelve Days of Lute-song

Unfortunately, Musicke in the Ayre are very sorry to say they have had to cancel their concert this Saturday 9 December.

As the concert can not be rescheduled, all ticket holders will be refunded. Sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

🌟 We are really excited about our Christmas Concert with Pegasus Choir this evening at 6pm in our historic Chapel. There...
05/12/2023

🌟 We are really excited about our Christmas Concert with Pegasus Choir this evening at 6pm in our historic Chapel. There are still a few tickets left for anyone interested in joining us!

🪕If you can't join us today, Musicke in the Ayre will be performing their programme of songs for the lute and baroque guitar this Saturday at 3pm, inspired by the well-known Christmas carol The 12 Days of Christmas. They will also feature ayres by composers from the UK, France, Spain and Italy. It is sure to be an uplifting celebration for the festive period! 🎼

To find out more and book tickets visit: https://ow.ly/mEvG50Qft31

✨ We are looking forward to getting into the festive spirit with our Christmas Carol Concert tomorrow - Tuesday 5 Decemb...
04/12/2023

✨ We are looking forward to getting into the festive spirit with our Christmas Carol Concert tomorrow - Tuesday 5 December at 6pm. 🎶

Pegasus choir will be performing in our historic Chapel, with festive reading selected by Preacher Canon Ann Clarke. After the concert, mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the Old Library and Norfolk Cloister! 🥧

👉 To join us for this uplifting concert get your tickets here: https://ow.ly/Facm50Q4WXh 🎄

✨ Have you got your tree up?! 🎄It's starting to look very festive here at the Charterhouse and we are looking forward to...
02/12/2023

✨ Have you got your tree up?! 🎄

It's starting to look very festive here at the Charterhouse and we are looking forward to our Christmas Carol Concert on Tuesday 5 December at 6pm. 🎶

We can't wait to hear Pegasus choir performing in our historic Chapel, with festive reading selected by Preacher Canon Ann Clarke. After the concert, don't forget the mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the Old Library and Norfolk Cloister! 🥧

👉 Start your festive season with us at this uplifting concert; tickets available here: https://ow.ly/Facm50Q4WXh 🎄

You are invitied to join us in our peaceful chapel for a Choral Evensong.  🕯️Thursday 14 December, 5.30pm with Thames Ch...
01/12/2023

You are invitied to join us in our peaceful chapel for a Choral Evensong. 🕯️

Thursday 14 December, 5.30pm with Thames Chamber Choir.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome - we look forward to seeing you there.

👉 To find out more https://ow.ly/LCyR50PQzVw

Warm, Welcoming and Free ☕Drop in to our Community Warm Space on Fridays 10am to 12pm for a hot drink and chat, or just ...
30/11/2023

Warm, Welcoming and Free ☕

Drop in to our Community Warm Space on Fridays 10am to 12pm for a hot drink and chat, or just for some quiet time.

👋 Our door will be open, and we look forward to meeting you!

Even in late November, the gardens look beautiful on a sunny day.  😎It's sometimes hard to believe we are so close to th...
29/11/2023

Even in late November, the gardens look beautiful on a sunny day. 😎

It's sometimes hard to believe we are so close to the centre of London!

🪕 Ease into the festive spirit with Musicke in the Ayre and their curated programme of songs for the lute and baroque gu...
28/11/2023

🪕 Ease into the festive spirit with Musicke in the Ayre and their curated programme of songs for the lute and baroque guitar inspired by The 12 Days of Christmas.

Jane Hunt and Din Ghani will also perform ayres by composers including John Dowland and Thomas Campion along with more unusual pieces by composers from across the UK, France, Italy and Spain.

To find out more and book your tickets visit: https://ow.ly/fCui50QbuOk

🧑‍🎨 Drawing Masterclasses with our Brothers and The Stuart Low Trust Inspired by a talk from our Head Gardener, the grou...
28/11/2023

🧑‍🎨 Drawing Masterclasses with our Brothers and The Stuart Low Trust

Inspired by a talk from our Head Gardener, the group have been thinking about our gardens again. 🌳 Led by Martine Arty from Pomegranart, everyone was happy to be drawing from a warm and comfortable spot inside!

The 10-week programme has been made possible thanks to Museum Development London through the Diversity Matters Programme.

✨ Join us at the Charterhouse Christmas Carol Concert on Tuesday 5 December at 6pm. 🎶 The acclaimed Pegasus choir will b...
27/11/2023

✨ Join us at the Charterhouse Christmas Carol Concert on Tuesday 5 December at 6pm. 🎶

The acclaimed Pegasus choir will be performing in our historic Chapel, with festive reading selected by Preacher Canon Ann Clarke. After the concert, mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the Old Library and Norfolk Cloister. 🥧

👉Start your festive season with us, tickets available here: https://ow.ly/Facm50Q4WXh 🎄

This shadowy image of one of Sutton's greyhounds was captured on a Candlelit tour.  But where do you think it was taken?...
25/11/2023

This shadowy image of one of Sutton's greyhounds was captured on a Candlelit tour. But where do you think it was taken?! 𓃡

To discover the extraordinary history of the Charterhouse, all revealed in flickering candlelight, join us on our next Candlelit tour on Thursday 30th November 🕯️

Doors open at 6:00 pm with a pop-up bar so you can enjoy this atmospheric tour while sipping your favourite drink.

To find out more visit our website: https://ow.ly/Tsar50QakJX

To celebrate   we will be offering a 10% discount on our shop merchandise this Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November. Do dr...
23/11/2023

To celebrate we will be offering a 10% discount on our shop merchandise this Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November.

Do drop by and visit us if you are in the neighbourhood!

“My favourite items from our shop are the ones that help tell the story of the Charterhouse. I love the tote bag and tea towel that feature a 17th century drawing of the Charterhouse by Johannes Kip; it’s incredible to see how little the buildings have changed. Our visitors often walk to see us, and the Tudor and Medieval maps of London and the London’s Hidden Walks books are a great way to help understand our history and explore the area. We have some preserves for sale at the moment that were made in the Charterhouse kitchen and dressed by our community, so visitors can actually take a little bit of the Charterhouse home with them! More festively, the Christmas cards featuring a detail from the painting by Tony Denison that hangs in the Red Room are very evocative, and of course I have to choose the greyhound tree decoration which echoes Sutton’s coat of arms, where the greyhound symbolises loyalty.” Lucy-Clare Windle, Visitor Experience Assistant

We hope everyone enjoyed our Christmas Fair yesterday as much as we did! 🎁Thank you to all our fantastic stall holders, ...
22/11/2023

We hope everyone enjoyed our Christmas Fair yesterday as much as we did! 🎁

Thank you to all our fantastic stall holders, volunteers and everyone who came to visit for a wonderful day. The proceeds as always will contribute towards supporting our community and almshouse.

We have loved seeing your photos from the fair; please continue to share in the comments or with the
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🗓️ Lecture: What do we think about Thomas More?  This Friday, 24 November, 6 – 8pm.With Peter Marshall, Professor of His...
22/11/2023

🗓️ Lecture: What do we think about Thomas More? This Friday, 24 November, 6 – 8pm.

With Peter Marshall, Professor of History at the University of Warwick, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a former editor of the English Historical Review.

In this lecture, Peter Marshall will review the controversies about Thomas More’s actions and opinions and offer insight into why he remains a compelling and divisive historical figure five hundred years after his death.

👉 To find out (Thomas!) More visit: https://ow.ly/zqVQ50PTQ14

🎄Even the greyhounds are having a wonderful time at the Christmas Fair! 🎁We are delighted to have welcomed so many of yo...
21/11/2023

🎄Even the greyhounds are having a wonderful time at the Christmas Fair! 🎁

We are delighted to have welcomed so many of you today. We would love to see your Christmas Fair photos; share them with .

We are open till 8pm so there's still plenty of time to shop!

Festive and fabulous - It's finally here: the Charterhouse Christmas Fair! 🎄🔔🎁🦌  11am - 8pm. Over 50 of your favourite a...
21/11/2023

Festive and fabulous - It's finally here: the Charterhouse Christmas Fair! 🎄🔔🎁🦌

11am - 8pm.

Over 50 of your favourite artisan food and gift stalls, the Charterhouse Christmas Café with the Brothers Bar and Father Christmas! We can't wait to welcome you.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR 🎄🔔🎁🦌

🎄Can you guess who this might be tomorrow?! 🎅🎁 For tickets to tomorrow's Christmas Fair click here: https://ow.ly/njjN50...
20/11/2023

🎄Can you guess who this might be tomorrow?! 🎅

🎁 For tickets to tomorrow's Christmas Fair click here: https://ow.ly/njjN50PLuKh

Address

The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square
London
EC1M6AN

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 10:30am - 4:45pm
Friday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday 10:30am - 4:30pm

Telephone

0203 8188873

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