Charterhouse: The Official Guidebook

Charterhouse: The Official Guidebook

By: Stephen Porter (author)Paperback

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The official guidebook to Charterhouse - a hidden historic gem in the heart of London. The Charterhouse is a peaceful spot that has rightly been described as 'a place of leafy seclusion'. Yet it stands close to Smithfield and London's busy traffic, adjoining a Black Death burial ground. A Carthusian priory was founded here in 1371 and, after it had been dissolved by Henry VIII, one of his leading courtiers built a mansion on the site. Elizabeth I visited the house a number of times and her cousin the Duke of Norfolk was kept under house arrest here before his execution for treason in 1572. In 1611 it was bought by the immensely wealthy financier Thomas Sutton, who endowed an almshouse and school. The school was moved away in 1872, but the almshouse for elderly men who are in need of financial and social support remains. Known as the Brothers, recalling the monastic past, they are selected from a wide variety of backgrounds and include teachers, clergymen, writers and editors, musicians and artists, and many have served in the armed forces. The chapel, the great hall, great chamber and Norfolk Cloister are especially fine rooms in a building which is one of the best preserved, yet least known, historic sites in London. It is an architectural gem incorporating fabric from the mid-fourteenth century to the turn of the twenty-first century.

About Author

Stephen Porter, until his recent retirement, worked for over seventeen years for the Survey of London, a century-old project devoted to the history of London's built environment. He is head archivist for the London Charterhouse and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has also lectured on the Civil War and the Great Fire of London at the Museum of London and held research posts at the University of Oxford. He is the author of THE LONDON CHARTERHOUSE ('A model history' GILLIAN TINDALL), also published by Amberley Publishing. His other books include; THE GREAT PLAGUE ('An excellent introduction for the general reader' THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH), THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON, SHAKESPEARE'S LONDON: EVERYDAY LIFE IN LONDON 1580-1616 ('This book echoes with the living voices of Londoners: a meticulous recreation of a vibrant world' GILLIAN TINDALL, author of THE HOUSE BY THE THAMES & THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THERE) and THE PLAGUES OF LONDON ('Breathes new life into the story of the plague in London' STEPHEN INWOOD, author of A HISTORY OF LONDON. After 25 years living in the capital he now lives in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781848683761
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 64
  • ID: 9781848683761
  • weight: 211
  • ISBN10: 1848683766

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