In September the South East Network Group organised a behind-the-scenes tour of this historic site
On Saturday 9 September 2017, a group of AGRA members and friends visited the Charterhouse in London’s Clerkenwell district, organised by the South East Network Group. We took a tour led by one of the residents, who are known as Brothers. He described the long history of the institution, explaining that the site was originally a Black Death burial ground, then a Carthusian monastery until the dissolution. It then became a private residence, occupied finally by Thomas Sutton, a wealthy businessman, from 1611. He established the foundation which created both Charterhouse School and the residential community for elderly single men which remains on the site today.
Although not as extensive now as it was as a monastery, the site still occupies six acres, just outside the City walls in Central London. Recently opened to the public, visitors can now explore the chapel and small museum, as well as taking a more extensive guided tour of behind the scenes areas of the buildings and gardens.