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At The Charterhouse

April 8, 2022
by the gentle author

Brick buildings of 1531 in Preacher’s Court with the Barbican beyond

Desirous of an excuse to view the magnificence of the Charterhouse, I made a call upon my friend Brother Hilary Haydon one sunny afternoon, using the excuse of undertaking a photoessay, and these pictures – interspersed with lantern slides from the Bishopsgate Institute of the same subject a century ago – are the result.

Hilary is also enamoured by the atmosphere of repose conjured by the ancient buildings and lush gardens at the Charterhouse. “I must say, it is very pleasant to relax here and leave those fellows over in the City doing all that stressful hard work,” he confessed to me, now happily retired and enjoying the peace and quiet, after a long career as a Barrister in the Square Mile.

Carved details of the Gatehouse and the Physician’s House, 1716

Gateway of c1400 with Physician’s House built above in 1716

Cloisters in Preacher’s Court

The Preacher’s House built in the eighteen-twenties

Old pump in Preacher’s Court

Tudor chimneys in Preacher’s Court

The Great Staircase, erected in early seventeenth century and destroyed in 1941

Wash House Court

Passageway into Wash House Court

Master’s Court built in 1546

Great Hall built by Thomas Howard in 1571 while under house arrest here for plotting with Mary Queen of Scots to depose Elizabeth I

Portrait of Thomas Sutton in the Great Hall with Thomas Fenner below

Portrait of Elizabeth Salter attributed to Hogarth in the Great Hall

Chapel Cloister

Chapel Cloister

Tomb of Thomas Sutton, the founder of the Charterhouse

Thomas Sutton

The  fifteenth century South Aisle of the Chapel

Brother Hilary Haydon in the North Aisle of the Chapel, added in 1614

Names of Charterhouse schoolboys etched upon the glass in the nineteenth century

Tudor brickwork upon the exterior of Wash House Court

Physician’s House built in 1716

Entrance to the Charterhouse viewed through the former Priory Gate

Knocker upon the main gate

Archive images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

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5 Responses leave one →
  1. April 8, 2022

    I too would choose this wonderful place to relax and read a book in peace and quiet.

    Love & Peace

  2. April 8, 2022

    I had no idea the Charter House existed. Magnificent buildings, wonderful garden. Thank you, dear G.A.

  3. Marcia Howard permalink
    April 8, 2022

    What fabulous photographs of the wonderful buildings we are so privileged to still have. It’s been far too long since I visited the area – due to covid – so must get back to London for a good ol’ explore around asap!

  4. Bernie permalink
    April 8, 2022

    Such a peaceful enclave!

    Despite being born and brought up in London, and roving its streets through my adolescent years, there is so much that remained undiscovered. This is one of the hidden treasures of which I knew nothing and which I will now never see, so my debt to the Gentle Author for showing it (and my gratitude for the marvels of technology that make this possible) are unbounded.

  5. Saba permalink
    April 8, 2022

    This gorgeous place has senior housing for British citizens. I live in the U.S. but would apply if I could.

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