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21st October 2016

Object of the Month November 2016

Faith, Hope and Charity plaster panel, c.1625 This plaster overmantel panel was installed in the Master’s rooms in the 1620s. The figures represent three virtues: Faith in her armour; Hope with a bird and, Charity – the central figure who gives life to others. The composition is based on a 1572 Flemish... continue

4th October 2016

The Life of Syd Cain, Production Designer and Brother

Syd Cain (16 April 1918 – 21 November 2011) was a British production designer known primarily for his work on the James Bond series of films. In old age, he became a Brother of the Charterhouse, where he demonstrated his gift as a satirical cartoonist, and entertained his fellow Brothers with tales... continue

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15th April 2016

In Celebration of the Charterhouse

In 1885 the House of Lords passed a bill authorising the disposal of all but the ancient buildings of the Old Charterhouse. It was introduced by Sir Richard Webster, an Old Carthusian, politician and judge, whose chief motif for doing so was to address the fact that “the Governors of the Charterhouse... continue

15th April 2016

The Home of Thomas Sutton

Thomas Sutton, who founded the Charterhouse in 1611, lived for a period in Balsham, Cambridgeshire. His house was most likely “Nine Chimneys” (pictured above), which is rumoured to have been built in c.1583 on the site of an earlier manor house owned by Bishop Hugh. Only one wing of the house remains... continue

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