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London’s Historic Charterhouse

The Charterhouse in London has been living the nation’s history since 1348.

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Originally London’s largest cemetery for victims of the 1348-9 Black Death, the Charterhouse became one of the city’s most important monasteries until it was dissolved by agents of King Henry VIII.  A grand mansion was built from monastic ruin and it was at the Charterhouse that Queen Elizabeth I spent the first days of her reign.  Further Tudor intrigue followed before the country’s most significant charity was founded.  Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse was established in 1611 to provide home and care to a community of elderly people and schooling for poor scholars which it has been doing ever since.
 
The Charterhouse runs daily tours of the historic site which offer the opportunity to explore the grand Tudor interiors of the Great Hall and Great Chamber, the atmospheric remains of the medieval cloister and the charming courtyards full of tales about those who have been associated with the site over the past 700 years. 
 


On Saturday 1 July, the Charterhouse will also host their annual Summer Fair, featuring stalls, food & drink, maypole, books, silent auction, Punch & Judy, Morris dancers, bouncy castles, tombola, cakes and Museum of London activities. The perfect day for all the family! 
 


The Charterhouse museum and historic chapel are free to visit. Email tours@thecharterhouse.org for more information on visits and tours or book tickets here.
 

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