The London Charterhouse – Brother’s Tour – Saturday 16th September at 2.15pm
CBA London goes to the Charterhouse: Saturday 16th September, 2pm.
For our next event, CBA London has arranged a special Brother’s tour of the Charterhouse. We’re reissuing this notice to CBA London members in case some of you might have been away in August. We’ve also slightly brought forward the date for members-only bookings for administrative reasons: we’ll take bookings from members only through this Saturday, 2nd September, after which we’ll open booking to the public.
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 we start the Brother’s tour.
As usual, this event is initially open to CBA London members only who may book for themselves and one other person. If the event sells out, we will operate a waiting list, and if there are still places after 2nd September, we will open booking to the public. Our policy is only to give refunds if the event is fully booked and your place can be filled by someone on the waiting list.
Tickets are priced to cover the cost price of the special Brother’s tour. It is excellent value for money, especially as we are still covering the Eventbrite booking fee for you.
Any queries can be sent to Becky Wallower, CBA London’s events coordinator: