“…the greatest and noblest gift that ever was given for charity, by any one man, public or private, in this nation.” Daniel Defoe, 1722
The Charterhouse continues to fulfil the charitable wishes of its founder, Thomas Sutton, as it has done since 1611. Demands on the Charterhouse for the provision of care for the Brothers, and preservation of our buildings, are as great now as at any time in its history, and particularly acute due to being closed to the public during the pandemic. Any gift, no matter how big or small, will enable the Charterhouse to continue to support its community.
Support our Charterhouse650 appeal
The Charterhouse is marking the 650th anniversary of our foundation in Clerkenwell with a campaign to raise £650,000 to conserve the oldest parts of our historic buildings.
Charterhouse650 comes at a critical moment when the Norfolk Cloister, the surviving medieval cloister with Tudor enhancements, is in grave danger. Water ingress through its flat roof – The Queen’s Walk (famously captured by Gainsborough in his painting which hangs at the Foundling Museum in London) where Elizabeth I paced the flagstones in anticipation of claiming the Throne – is having a serious effect on the brick vaulting of the Cloister below. As we approach winter, the potential for damage from freezing water in compromising the structure, is of very real concern. Our architects and surveyors are investigating as a priority.
The £650,000 we seek to raise marks £1000 for each year of the Charterhouse’s existence. The sum will ensure the long-term preservation of the Norfolk Cloister, and will also be allocated to important conservation of other areas linked to the monastery (Washhouse Court and the Treasury). Donors are encouraged to nominate a year (£1000), decade (£10,000), or century (£100,000) for their support. We have already received pledges of over £90,000 and we are fundraising actively to reach our target St Hugh’s Carthusian monastery and Hoare’s Bank are donating to mark their founding years, others have pledged their birth years and someone has just pledged £1000 for 1415, the year of the Battle of Agincourt! A chart will be on public display allowing us to track progress and each donation will contribute towards the bigger picture, enabling us to plan the comprehensive conservation. As they say, Les petits ruisseaux font les grandes rivières.
If you would like to find out more or make a donation please email email@example.com or donate online using the button below. If you want to pin your donation to a specific year, please do email us to let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a general donation to the charity
If donating by cheque please make it payable to ‘Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse’ to be sent to the address below. The Charterhouse is a private foundation, relying on the investment income from the founder’s legacy. We also raise funds by offering tours and venue hire, and donations from supporters helps to fulfil our obligations. With the site closed to the public, this has become an increasingly difficult task. Your help is vital.
Here are more ways in which you can help:
Other ways to make a donation
Please make payable to ‘Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse’.
Post to: The Development Office, Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AN
Gift Aid: The Charterhouse can reclaim the tax paid on all gifts made by UK taxpayers. If you would like us to claim tax on your donation, please ensure that this Gift Aid declaration is sent to us at the address above.
If you would prefer to make a donation via bank transfer or set up a regular donation via standing order, please use the following bank details:
Account number: 90883298
Sort code: 20-65-82
Account name: Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse
All donations will be directed to the support of the Brothers and conservation of the historic site. If you would prefer for your donation to be used for a specific purpose, please let us know via post or email.
Become a Friend of the Charterhouse
Membership of one of the Friends schemes contributes vital funds towards the costs of running the alms house and preserving the history and heritage of the historic site and its collections.
Leave a Legacy
The Charterhouse has a long history of support through legacies, the most significant of which was left by Thomas Sutton in 1611 and established the charity that still exists here today.
Further information about leaving a legacy and joining The 1611 Society can be found here, or you can request a hard copy of the leaflet to be posted to you by emailing email@example.com or calling 020 7336 7520.
Volunteers are integral to the work that we do, and we aim to offer mutually beneficial opportunities: in return for your hard work to help us further our organisational goals, we will provide training and relevant experience to develop your skill set.
We offer a range of volunteering opportunities in areas including collections management, gardening, learning, visitor engagement and befriending. To see our current volunteer opportunities, please click here.
If you would like to contribute to our work then please get in touch with Gabriella Swaffield.
The staff and Brothers of the Charterhouse would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to all of its donors and supporters.