The Master's Court, Charterhouse
Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse
The Charterhouse has served many purposes since its first use, in the 14th century, as a burial site for plague victims. A Carthusian monastery was established here in 1371 and Charterhouse became an important centre of ecclesiastical learning, frequently visited by Thomas More. After the Reformation, the monks were ousted and a Tudor mansion was built, visited by both Elizabeth I and James I. A school and an almshouse were established on the site in 1611, the latter caring for elderly men known as ‘brothers’. There are now 40 brothers on the site, one of whom will guide us through the Courts, Great Hall, Library and Chapel. Tea will be served afterwards.
This event has been organised by a local supporter group to help raise money for the Art Fund.