Thanks to a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £4.3 million, Charterhouse has been restored, including conservation of its unique medieval and Elizabethan wall paintings, and is open as a new visitor attraction from Saturday 1 April 2023. To find out more, head to our Visit Charterhouse page.
Coventry’s Charterhouse was founded as a Carthusian monastery in 1381. After the Dissolution, the site was converted to a private house and passed through many hands over the following centuries. In 1940, it was gifted to the people of Coventry by the last private owner, Col William Wyley.
It was then used for a number of purposes by Coventry City Council until 2010 when it was decided to sell on the open market. After protestations by the local community, Charterhouse Coventry Preservation Trust was formed and Charterhouse ownership was transferred to it in November 2011. In 2015, The Charterhouse Coventry Preservation Trust became Historic Coventry Trust.
Charterhouse is opening to the public April 2023. To find out more, head to our Visit Charterhouse page.
With special thanks to Historic England, The Architectural Heritage Fund, and numerous other trusts and foundations including: The Ernest Cook Trust, Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Benefact Trust, the Idlewild Trust, Country Houses Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Wolfson Foundation, Friargate Coventry Developments Limited, Historic Houses Foundation, Postcode Local Trust, Alan Edward Higgs Foundation, The Hobson Charity, The Finnis Scott Foundation, Idlewild Trust, Alan Evans Memorial Trust, The Veneziana Fund, Social Investment Business, Pilgrim Trust, Patricia and Roger Medwell, HS2, Complex Development Projects.
Three historic floors of immersive storytelling, surrounded by a halo of beautiful green space and a brand new café bar ‘Purnell’s at Charterhouse’.
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