Tuesday 3rd June – 19th meeting of 2014
A little later meeting time today at London Bridge as we had a 2.15 tour booked of The Charterhouse in the City of London. A full house today with all nine of us meeting for lunch before the tour.
From London Bridge we took the underground to Barbican and with wet rainy weather made our way to the Barbican Centre for a warming coffee. I always find the Barbican a maze, it really is a city tucked inside the City of London. We then made our way to The Charterhouse but stopped for lunch in a really old little pub very near to Charterhouse and managed to find nine seats fairly close together and enjoyed an appetising meal.
At the school we were directed to the court-yard where we were met by our guide, a resident of the school who was accompanied by another resident who helped with the tour. We were taken to the chapel a fantastic building and given a talk on the history and changes of the Charterhouse. The Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery on the north of Charterhouse Square. Since the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century the house has served as private mansion, a boys’ school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. The building is formally known as Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse, and is today a registered charity. The residents are all male, single, over 65, retired professionals.
From the chapel we were taken to the courtyard, cloisters, the great hall now the residents dining room and into a room where some flooring thought to be from the original building has been discovered. The garden was fabulous with some beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs and with seating in different areas had a lovely restful feel to it. There are some new accommodation buildings and although modern I felt fitted in well in the surroundings.
This is a fascinating building housing some of the oldest buildings in the City of London. There are lots of restoration taking place and well worth a visit. The tours must be booked and cost £10.00 per person.
After the tour we made our way to the train and our journey home after a very enjoyable day.