30 May 2018
Livery Society Tour of The Charterhouse
On Wednesday 30th May, a group of 31 liverymen and their guests met at The Charterhouse, in Smithfield.
Our host was Reverend Robin Isherwood, the Deputy Master and Preacher. He was both very knowledgeable and entertaining – and in true Bakers style, he gave us a ‘hearty welcome’.
The Charterhouse was built in 1371 - a Carthusian monastery, which flourished during the later medieval and early Tudor period. Some years after the dissolution of the monasteries, the Charterhouse was bought by Thomas Sutton, who established the foundations of the institution that exists to this day. His will provided for up to 80 Brothers as well as for a school - which moved to Godalming in 1872.
Football has long been associated with Charterhouse – and the origin of the ‘throw In’ is reputed to be from when the ball was kicked out of the Cloisters at The Charterhouse….., - and thrown back into play.
Currently 40 Brothers live in The Charterhouse (including one lady). There was much interest as to how to apply….. Over 60….. Single…..and Poor; I fear that we might not make all the criteria, alas!
Having completed our Tour, we enjoyed a glass of wine and some excellent food & canapes.
Our thanks once again to Robin and the staff, and also to the Master, Ann Kenrick (who was on holiday) for providing with this exclusive access.