Charterhouse, originally Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse, is a prominent boys independent or public school. Founded by Thomas Sutton in London in 1611 on the site of the old Carthusian monastery in Charterhouse Square, Smithfield, it is one of the original nine English public schools as defined by the Public Schools Act 1868. Today pupils are still referred to as Carthusians, and ex-pupils as Old Carthusians or OCs. It is one of Britain's most expensive schools, with annual boarding and tuition fees per pupil of more than £27,000.

Charterhouse School, 18th Century

Charterhouse, originally Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse, is a prominent boys independent or public…

This Romanesque leaf design was found in a monastery in St. Trophimus (Southern France).

Romanesque Leaf

This Romanesque leaf design was found in a monastery in St. Trophimus (Southern France).

An illustration of a monk giving a poor beggar a bowl of food on the steps of the monastery.

Monastery Gate

An illustration of a monk giving a poor beggar a bowl of food on the steps of the monastery.

A concert in the monastery.

A Concert in the Monastery

A concert in the monastery.

An Eastern Orthodox monastery of Mount Athos in Greece.

Simonopetra Monastery

An Eastern Orthodox monastery of Mount Athos in Greece.

This gold pattern is a 15th century design found on the floor of the altar shrine in the monastery of Heilbronn in Germany.

Gold Pattern

This gold pattern is a 15th century design found on the floor of the altar shrine in the monastery of…

The Romanesque boss rosette is a 13th century design made of four divisions. It is found in the chapter-hall of the monastery of Heiligenkreuz near Vienna, Austria.

Romanesque Boss Rosette

The Romanesque boss rosette is a 13th century design made of four divisions. It is found in the chapter-hall…

The tiles square panel is found in the Cistercian monastery in Bebenhausen a village in Germany.

Tiles Square Panel

The tiles square panel is found in the Cistercian monastery in Bebenhausen a village in Germany.

"Monks at work in the monastery kitchen."—Gordy, 1912

Monks at Work

"Monks at work in the monastery kitchen."—Gordy, 1912