Wednesday 4 November 2013

The Charterhouse hosted the annual Founder’s Dinner for Old Carthusians, members of the Governing Body or members or former members of the senior staff of Sutton’s Hospital or of Brooke Hall.

Friday 8 November 2013

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2014 held its first fundraising event on Friday, 8 November 2013 in the 14th century Hall of the Charterhouse in London. Over 250 guests enjoyed the company of Les Piliers Chablisiens who generously provided bottles of some of their finest Chablis. The highlight of the evening was the induction ceremony of The Lord Mayor as a Pilier Chablisien.

Source: The Lord Mayor's Appeal 2014

Source: The Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2014


Thursday 24 October 2013

Charterhouse welcomed Dr David Flood, Organist & Master of the Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral, for his only London recital this year.

Tuesday 22 October 2013

ITV news visits the Charterhouse to take a closer look at the current exhibition, exploring London’s history of philanthropy.

ITV news - philanthropy exhibition at the Charterhouse

London may have a reputation for wealth and excess, but did you know we also have a rich history of giving? The Charterhouse is about to launch a new exhibition exploring the history of philanthropy in the City.

It’s the first of its kind, and the first time the former 14th Century monastery has been freely open to the public. Nick Thatcher went along to take a closer look.

Click here to view the video.

Sunday 20 October 2013

Pegasus Chamber Choir at the Charterhouse

Bad Boys of Music: A recital by Pegasus Chamber Choir
Matthew Altham, DirectorMartin Toyer, Organ

Charterhouse welcomed back Pegasus, one of London’s most exciting chamber choirs, for an afternoon concert.

Sunday 6 October 2013

11.30am in the Great Chamber
An illustrated talk
A World of Sail by Brian Hawkins


Charterhouse on ITV recently completed filming their latest television advert at Charterhouse.

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Sunday 22 September 2013
2.00pm – 5.00pm LONDON OPEN HOUSE
Chapel Court, Chapel Cloister and the Chapel were open to the public. The Brothers were stewards for this opening and answered questions from those visiting.

Open House London

JULY 2013

Tuesday 29 July 2013

The Master, Brothers and staff welcomed The Lord Mayor, Alderman Roger Gifford, and the Lady Mayoress when they visited Charterhouse to receive the annual gift of Charterhouse Mulberries from the Head Gardener (Miss Claire Davies) in Preachers Court.


Wednesday 24 July 2013

Our Annual Garden party, with more guests than expected despite the overlapping events taking place on the day.


JUNE 2013

Friday 21 June 2013
We were delighted to welcome the Houston First United Methodist Church Choir who had a tour of Charterhouse before giving a short concert for the Brothers.

Houston Methodist choir

Thursday 13 June 2013

in the Great Chamber


Piano Concerto No 12 in A, K414 (a quattro) MOZART (1756-91)

Klavierstucke, Op118 (Solo Piano) BRAHMS (1833-1897)


Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op21 CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Original version (1832)

Alissa Firsova is a prize-winning Russian-British composer, pianist and conductor, resident in the UK since 1999.
She had her Wigmore Hall debut in 2009, followed by an appearance at the Proms in the Albert Hall, and has subsequently been in demand as a pianist in the UK and abroad.
As a rising international star Alissa has attracted such comments as giving a ‘sublime performance’ in a recital in Russia, and that her ‘head, heart and fingers are in complete accord’ – ‘a recitalist of unlimited potential’ – in the UK.

Thursday 6 June 2013
We welcomed 204 visitors to the garden and we are delighted to report that we raised £805.91 for the NGS charities.

Monday 3 June 2013
68 visitors enjoyed the gardens and art exhibition
when we took part in the Chelsea Fringe

MAY 2013

Saturday 4 May 2013
English Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation Era

The Annual Ecumenical Commemoration of the Carthusian Martyrs took place in the Chapel and Chapel Court of the London Charterhouse. The Service will start at 5.30pm and last approximately one hour. It will be attended by the Clergy of Wesley’s Chapel and Westminster Cathedral, the Tyburn Sisters OSB, the Brothers of Charterhouse, together with friends of the Charterhouse.

Charterhouse on the BBC

HLF Awards the Charterhouse a Development Grant
(click on the images to read)

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Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 January 2013


A brand new production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will, set in imperial Russia, was performed in the Great Chamber at Charterhouse.

It is a Sovereign Arts production with a theatre company comprising current students and alumni of the University of Oxford. It is part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project, and produced in association with Thelma Holt. For more information about the production please see


Filming has recently taken place for the ITV Victorian drama The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

A date for release has not yet been confirmed.

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Sunday 25 November 2012
Coffee concert in the Great Chamber

Piano Recital by
Alissa Firsova


Alissa Firsova gave her Wigmore Hall and Prom debuts in 2009.

The Times: ‘panache and self-expression beyond her years
. . . a formidable talent’
Independent: ‘clearly a highly-impressive performer’


Sunday 23 September 2012
2.00pm – 5.00pm LONDON OPEN HOUSE
Chapel Court, Chapel Cloister and the Chapel were open to the public. In spite of the wet weather, we were delighted to welcome 255 visitors during the afternoon.


Friday 31 August 2012
The Master was joined by some of the Brothers and staff to welcome The Lord Mayor, Alderman David Wootton, and the Lady Mayoress when they visited Charterhouse to receive the annual gift of Charterhouse Mulberries from the Head Gardener (Miss Claire Davies) in Preachers Court.


Tuesday 21 August 2012
Visit to Broughton Castle

The Brothers and staff had a wonderful visit to Broughton Castle in Oxfordshire by kind invitation of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele.


JULY 2012

Thursday 26 July 2012
The Brothers attended the annual service at Little Hallingbury, the site of the Brothers’ Burial Ground. Following the service and internment of ashes of two Brothers, the Rev. Janice Green and residents hosted a picnic lunch in the Rectory garden.

Rectory Garden

JUNE 2012

Thursday 28 June 2012
The Master welcomed the members of The Landscape Institute to the President’s Reception where Sue Illman was invested as President.


Sunday 17 June 2012
11.30am in the Great Chamber
A talk in the year of HM the Queen’s Jubilee

Music for British monarchs and their heirs throughout the ages
by Roderick Swanston

Saturday 16 June 2012
The Red Arrows fly over Charterhouse en route to the Mall as part of the fly pass to mark HM the Queen’s birthday which had been officially celebrated by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour


Tuesday 12 June 2012
Although it was a chilly and grey evening we were delighted to welcome 74 visitors to the gardens and raised the sum of £267 for the NGS charities.

Monday 4 June 2012
The Brothers, staff and tenants of Charterhouse celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee with a BBQ ‘Street Party’ in Pensioners Court



MAY 2012

Thursday 24 May 2012
The ‘Not Forgotten’ Association kindly invited a number of the Brothers to attend their Garden Party held at Buckingham Palace


Friday 4 May 2012
5.30pm in the Chapel of Sutton’s Hospital and Chapel Court
The Annual Ecumenical Commemoration of the Carthusian Martyrs
This year the Brothers of Charterhouse have invited the Sisters (Order of St Benedict) of the Tyburn Convent to take part in the Service.


From left to right: The Preacher of Charterhouse; Father Paulo and Canon Christopher Tuckwell from Westminster Cathedral; Mother Lioba, Sister Mary Cyprian, Sister Mary Josephine and Mother General Xavier from the Tyburn Convent in London; The Reverend Jennifer Potter from Wesley’s Chapel; Prebendary Alan Tanner Emeritus Preacher of Charterhouse


APRIL 2012

Monday 2 April 2012
Visit from the Bursar’s Department of Charterhouse School

The Master and staff of Sutton’s Hospital were delighted to welcome members of staff from Charterhouse School who visited for the day. The visit included a tour of the site, led by Brother Keith Bickle.


MARCH 2012
Sunday 25 March 2012
Coffee Poetry Recital in the Great Chamber

Alfred, Lord Tennyson
An epic poem of the sea

Read by
Raymond Platt & Richard Franklin

Visuals by
John Brannoch

Piano Finale played by
James Sherlock


Thursday 16th February

The Ninth Thomas Sutton Lecture

The Governors of the Charterhouse were delighted to welcome Professor Nigel Llewellyn to the Charterhouse on Thursday 16th February, when he was kind enough to give the ninth Thomas Sutton Lecture. Professor Llewellyn is Head of Research for Tate and an expert in a number of fields. On this occasion it was his expertise in the visual culture of commemoration that he drew upon for his fascinating presentation entitled Sutton’s Tomb: Commemorating Founders in Jacobean England.

The Lecture was given in the Chapel at the Charterhouse where the audience of over one hundred was able to hear about the iconography of this fascinating and important Jacobean monument while sitting just feet away from it. The composition of each of the five sections of the tomb was deconstructed and some fascinating explanations of what we can learn about Sutton, about his executors and about the times that the monument was made captivated the audience.

The Governors and staff of the Charterhouse are most grateful to Professor Llewellyn for enlightening and entertaining in equal measure.

Wednesday 8 February 2012

The Old Library has a new look!
We welcomed some friends of the Charterhouse on Wednesday 8th February to thank them for the part that they had played in the renovations of the Old Library.

Six portraits of former Governors of the Charterhouse were restored and rehung in 2011 and new lighting has been installed to ensure that these are seen at their best. A new secure cabinet, designed and built by John Ronayne, was unveiled. This has allowed us to display some of the wonderful pieces of silver donated and collected by the Charterhouse since the seventeenth century, much of it marked by the Sutton crest.

Our guests included Trustees of the Schroder Foundation and the Schroder Charity Trust. These two charities had generously supported the Silver Cabinet in the name of Brother Raymond Salisbury Jones, whose family and friends were also in attendance. Former Governor and Chairman of the Heritage Committee, Mr William Shand gave a fascinating talk on the silver display which was enjoyed by current Governors and staff of the Charterhouse.




9 January 2012

Brigadier Charlie Hobson
32nd Master of Charterhouse 

The Assembly of Governors, Brothers and staff of Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse are delighted to welcome Brigadier Charlie Hobson as the new Master of Charterhouse.
Brigadier Hobson was educated at Abingdon School, with special interests in Classics and Ancient history, and then served in the Royal Marines for nearly 30 years. Since 2005 he has been Chief Executive of the Royal Marines Association, a charity of over 10,000 members, the role of which is to maintain and promote esprit-de -corps and comradeship amongst all Royal Marines and their families, past and present.
Charlie is 53 years old, a member of the Church of England and has a number of interests which include a love of sport, especially cricket (he is a qualified cricket coach), theatre, reading and walking. He is married to Trish and they have five children, Lottie, Nick, Robert, Patrick and Tom.

Friday 6 January 2012

The Governors, Brothers and staff bid farewell to Dr James Thomson as Master of Charterhouse and wish him a long and happy retirement.

Friday 6 January 2012

Preacher – The Lord Bishop of London

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