The Charterhouse


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

Originally London’s largest Black Death burial ground, in 1371 the site became home to a community of hermit monks. The monks became protomartyrs of the Reformation after they refused to accept Henry VIII as head of the Church. The buildings were demolished or repurposed to create a Tudor mansion where Elizabeth I spent the first days of her reign. In 1611 it was acquired by one Thomas Sutton, England’s wealthiest commoner. There he established his charity, providing a home to elderly men who had served their country and a school for poor scholars. Now with a museum and events venues, the Charterhouse welcomes visitors daily.

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