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London Charterhouse, West Smithfield, London: detail of the fireplace in the Great Hall showing Thomas Sutton's coat of arms

RIBA Ref No RIBA102050
Artist/PhotographerCharles, Martin (1940-2012)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1614
Image Date2008
MediumDigital image
Library ReferenceMC E 170608d
Colour InfoColour
CreditMartin Charles / RIBA Collections
SubjectInsignia, emblems ; Almshouses ; Monasteries & convents ; Fireplaces
NOTES: The London Charterhouse, founded in 1370-1371 was one of a handful of Carthusian monasteries in England. After the dissolution it passed into the ownership of Lord North, who made substantial alterations. In 1611 it was sold to Thomas Sutton, who created the almshouses which still function today. Severely damaged during the Second World War it was restored by the architects Seely & Paget. The range with the Great Hall was built 1545-1564 by Lord North.The fireplace of Caen stone was installed in 1614 and has Sutton's coat of arms at its centre.

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