Medieval London – The Charterhouse

Medieval London Historic Sites

The London Charterhouse has a fascinating history dating from medieval times. From the black death to martrdom and the origins of the rules of football, it’s a great place to visit which still has great importance today.

The Charterhouse started in the 14th century when Sir Walter Manny asked Pope Clement vi for permission to build a Carthusian monastery near a plague pit. more than 5000 plague victims lie beneath the ground here.
Over the next centuries it experienced tremendous changes starting when King Henry Viii came along and closed all the monasteries.
One poor prior had his arm nailed to the top of the gate which still stands today for refusingt o swear an oath to the act of succession.

Queen Elizabeth I held her first court at the Charterhouse too, preferring it to the Tower of London where she almost lost her head.

Later it was acquired by the richest man in England, Thomas Sutton, who opened a school for poor boys and a home for elderly men fallen on hard times.
It was within these very walls that two of the rules of football originated. The off-side rule and the throw in rule.
There is also a free museum and beautiful gardens.

Many film productions have taken place at The Charterhouse (which comes from the French “Chartreuse”) but of course the best film shot here was Joolz Guides!!

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