CBA London has arranged a special Brother’s tour of the Charterhouse
The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. In that time it has served as a monastery, private mansion, boys’ school and almshouse. After use as a plague burial ground during the Black Death in 1348, the Charterhouse was built in 1371. This Carthusian monastery flourished throughout the later medieval period until the dissolution of the monasteries, when it became a mansion for wealthy noblemen and was frequented by royalty, including Elizabeth I and James I. In 1611 Thomas Sutton bought the Charterhouse and established the foundation that now bears his name. Thomas Sutton’s will provided residences for up to 80 Brothers, as well as Charterhouse school. James I became the first Royal Governor of Thomas Sutton’s foundation. Today, the school having moved to Surrey, the Charterhouse remains the home to a community of Brothers who benefit from Thomas Sutton’s foundation. It is also custodian of a wide range of historic objects which have been acquired over the course of its 660 year history. Most of the rich body of historic museum, archive and library material is cared for and displayed on-site, and a new museum opened earlier this year.
CBA London has arranged a behind the scenes tour led by one of the resident Brothers. Each tour is given from the perspective of the individual Brother, so no two tours are the same. They provide an in-depth look at the long history of the site as well as the lifestyle of the Brothers through the centuries. This event is being led by CBA London trustee Robert Whytehead who will give a short introduction on the context of the Charterhouse, and recent archaeology, before starting the Brothers’ tour.
If the event sells out, there will be a waiting list. To book, and for further information go to:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cba-london-takes-a-tour-of-the-charterhouse-tickets-37003162455 Any queries can be sent to Becky Wallower, CBA London’s events coordinator: email@example.com.