The Charterhouse, living the nation’s history since 1348

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The Charterhouse, living the nation’s history since 1348 Masters Court

The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. In the spirit of the hospitality of our founder, Thomas Sutton, we opened our gates to visitors in January 2017. We look forward to welcoming you to discover our rich history.

The site has witnessed many of the events that have shaped our nation. The story begins in 1348 during the Black Death, when the land was used as a burial ground for victims of plague. In 1371, the Charterhouse was built – a Carthusian monastery, which flourished throughout the later medieval and early Tudor period.

Thomas Sutton's crest, the head of a greyhound, carved on a pew in the Chapel

Thomas Sutton’s crest, the head of a greyhound, carved on a pew in the Chapel

With the dissolution of the monasteries, the Charterhouse became a mansion for wealthy noblemen and a refuge for royalty. Elizabeth I met the Privy Council here in the days before her coronation in 1558 and James I used the Great Chamber to create 130 new Barons before he was crowned. But it was in 1611 that Thomas Sutton bought the Charterhouse and established the foundation that now bears his name.

Thomas Sutton’s will provided for up to 80 Brothers: ‘either decrepit or old captaynes either at sea or at land, maimed or disabled soldiers, merchants fallen on hard times, those ruined by shipwreck of other calamity’ as well as Charterhouse School. James I retained his connection with the Charterhouse, becoming the first Royal Governor of Thomas Sutton’s foundation.

Sculpture of St Catherine, late 15th century.Following the dissolution of the monasteries this fragment was used as building stone. It was recovered from a wall in Master’s Court in the 1940s

Sculpture of St Catherine, late 15th century.Following the dissolution of the monasteries this fragment was used as building stone. It was recovered from a wall in Master’s Court in the 1940s

Since then, the Charterhouse story has continued. Wellington, Gladstone and Cromwell have all been Governors. The Charterhouse appears in the writings of Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray. Indeed, Thackeray, Robert Baden-Powell and John Wesley attended school here. When the school moved to Godalming in 1872, the Brothers stayed at the Charterhouse in Clerkenwell where a community of Brothers remain to this day.

Museum

Our museum and historic chapel are free to visit.

Open from 11am, Tuesday to Sunday.

Last admittance at 4.45pm.

Tours

We offer daily tours of the historic site:

Standard tour

Tours last 55 minutes and cost £10 per person.

Tours take place Tuesday to Sunday at 11.30am, 1.45pm and 2.45pm.

 Brother’s tour

Tours cost £15 per person and last up to two hours.

Tours take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2.15pm.

Please see our website for further information.

Coffee House

Our coffee house, Thackeray’s at the Charterhouse, is situated next door to the museum at number 14 Charterhouse Square. We offer a delicious range of homemade cakes, sandwiches, soup and hot meals along with locally crafted coffee and other drinks. All food is prepared by the team of Charterhouse chefs, drawing on their extensive experience of catering for the Brothers.

Accessibility

All public areas of the museum including the reception area, learning centre, cloakroom facilities and café are fully accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. The chapel is also fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Contact Us

The Charterhouse
Charterhouse Square
London
EC1M 6AN

Telephone: 020 3818 8873

Email: tours@thecharterhouse.org

Website: www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/

Twitter: CharterhouseEC1

Instagram: charterhouselondon

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