Historic Coventry Trust is saddened to hear of the death of Jon Plumley. Jon was one of the founding members and Chair of the Coventry Charterhouse Association, which championed saving Charterhouse for the community over a decade ago. If it wasn’t for the work of Jon, along with Association members, local residents and others, Charterhouse might not have been saved and restored for the people of the city and beyond.
As a local resident, Jon was passionate about Charterhouse and its history. He was instrumental in supporting the Charterhouse Coventry Preservation Trust (which became Historic Coventry Trust), and tirelessly worked to make sure that Charterhouse was accessible to the public for open days and tours before the restoration work took place.
He was involved in planning the restoration work with Historic Coventry Trust, and with his partner Mandy, devoted much of his time to arranging open days at Charterhouse, leading tours, encouraging other volunteers, and sharing his knowledge and passion for Charterhouse. Jon could often be seen dressed in a white Carthusian monk’s habit, talking to visitors and volunteers and telling stories about the rich history of the building.
Despite being poorly for the last year or so, Jon was pleased to see the restoration of Charterhouse, and his presence will be missed at Charterhouse. Our thoughts go to Mandy, his family and friends.