11th August 2020. Marking the 80th anniversary of Colonel Wyley’s generous bequest of Charterhouse to the people of Coventry

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Re-emerging from lockdown with a feeling of hope and pride in the people of Coventry, Historic Coventry Trust were delighted to welcome back local community members to Charterhouse for a special socially distanced gathering in the gardens.

Together we celebrated and raised a glass to Colonel Wyley, he was a generous philanthropist who supported a wide range of Coventry organisations during his lifetime. Charterhouse had been the Wyley home since the 1890s, when he died in 1940 his will stated his mansion together with its immediate grounds of nine and a half acres was to be left to the citizens of Coventry. Wyley served as the Mayor of Coventry between 1911 and 1912.

A heartfelt local community campaign eventually ensured the sale of the site to Historic Coventry Trust for £1 and we are committed to achieving Colonel Wyley’s wishes, giving the building a new lease of life, bringing it back into public use.

Together with Splitlath Building Conservation, local community groups, volunteers and a host of generous funders and partners, we are playing a vital role in protecting the rich heritage of Coventry for future generations to learn from and experience.

Photography by Tim Merrylees

We look forward to opening Charterhouse for the public in Spring 2021, when we are proud supporters of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

The project is being funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, Coventry City Council, Historic England and Trusts & Foundations – Garfield Weston, Foyle, Wolfson, AllChurches, Historic Houses Foundation, Edward Cadbury, Hobson, AE Higgs, Ernest Cook, Alan Evans, Idlewild and Veneziana.

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