Volunteers visit The Charterhouse

17 August 2018

SIG: Creative Eye

A few images of our day


The RPS wished to recognise and reward those volunteers who give valuable service and contribute to the overall success of the Society through their support.

We chose to visit The Charterhouse, a former Carthusian monastery in London, located between Barbican and Smithfield Market, and to the north of what is now Charterhouse Square.

In 1348 during the Black Death, the land was used as a burial ground for victims of plague and re-discovered during the Crossral excavations.

In 1371, the Charterhouse was built and flourished throughout the later medieval and early Tudor period, but with the dissolution of the monasteries, it became a mansion for wealthy noblemen and a refuge for royalty. It was in 1611 that Thomas Sutton bought the Charterhouse and established the foundation that now bears his name and remains to this day an almshouse.

Residents are known as ‘Brothers’and the building is formally known as Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse, and is a registered charity.

The public are invited to discover the dramatic story in the free museum, which was curated in partnership with the Museum of London. It is possible to visit on pre-booked tours, hire areas for private functions and attend services in our chapel. Therw is also a purpose built Learning Centre from which is run an exciting Learning Programme for schools, families, universities and adult learners.

The Charterhouse gardens have been designed in an English country garden style featuring roses, herbaceous borders, ancient mulberry trees and a small pond. Various garden herbs found here are still used in the kitchen today. The gardens are partly private and can only be visited on one of our our Garden Tours or as part of the National Garden Scheme.

The Charterhouse
Charterhouse Square

Tel: 0203 818 8873