The residents of the almshouse, both male and female, are known as ‘Brothers’. This is a purely traditional term for those living in this community and acknowledges the past when there was a monastery on the site.
The Brothers were originally those who could supply ‘good testimonye and certificat of theire good behaviour and soundnes in religion’ those who had been servants to the King ‘either decrepit or old captaynes either at sea or land, maimed or disabled soldiers, merchants fallen on hard times, those ruined by shipwreck or other calamity’.
The Brothers are selected from a wide variety of professions, which includes teachers, clergymen, writers and editors, musicians and artists. At entry they have to be over 60 years of age, in need of financial and social support and in good health. They must be able to live independently but have a desire to be part of a supportive community following a very simple set of rules. Their accommodation is entirely private. All the meals are taken together in the Great Hall and many Brothers participate in the many social events that take place. Many Brothers contribute to the life of the Charterhouse by giving their time as tour guides, arranging entertainment and visits, editing the Charterhouse Magazine (a twice yearly in-house publication), cataloguing the extensive artwork and volunteering to help with events. The Brothers meet as a group at least four times a year with the Master and other senior staff to discuss current topics.
Becoming a Brother
The ethos of being a Brother of the Charterhouse
The Charterhouse buildings and staff provide accommodation for the Brothers, who enjoy privacy and independence while being part of a community which offers companionship and support. All members of the community do their best to accept the responsibilities of ‘good neighbours’ – to be unhurried, considerate, and practically helpful. We aim at expressing our founder’s spirit of generosity and gratitude in the way we live.
There is accommodation for over 40 Brothers. The accommodation varies between the main building and the Admiral Ashmore building. In addition, there are 11 rooms in the Queen Elizabeth II Infirmary a registered Care Quality Commission Care Home. This is available for the Brothers for either respite or longer term care.
Who is Eligible?
- We offer affordable accommodation to single men and women over the age of 60 who are suited to community life
- Applicants must be in good health and able to lead an independent life
- Applicants must be of limited financial means and have a real housing need.
- It is not our practice to consider applications from those who already reside in accommodation intended for the elderly e.g. an almshouse. Please note that acceptance and entry is allocated on the basis of need.
How to apply
- First look at the section above, ‘Who is Eligible’. Do you meet the criteria we specify? If you are not sure, then please contact me and we can discuss it.
- If you do, then please print out and complete the Application Form and post it as follows:
The Clerk to the Brothers
Charterhouse Square London
- We will look at your Application Form and will then contact you to explain what happens next and perhaps ask some further questions.