Opening up the Charterhouse
to a wider public always implied a care for the surroundings and a reshaping of its internal courts and their gardens.
The architect was Henry Yevele, who built Westminster Abbey for the Benedictines; the charterhouse
was mostly complete by c.
This year promises to be extra special, as The Charterhouse
Priory is working with the Great Together weekend to rally the largest number of simultaneous community events this country has ever seen.
Coun Jim O'Boyle, the council's cabinet member for jobs and regeneration, said: "The creation of the Charterhouse
Heritage Park and Trail will be brilliant for the city.
Founded in 1381, the Carthusian Priory was the last of the four great monasteries in the city and is now owned by the Charterhouse
Coventry Presentation Trust who took over from Coventry City Council through an asset transfer.
Without the work of the local residents' association kicking up a fuss when the former owner of the Charterhouse
building put it up for sale this special piece of history could have been lost.
was gifted to the people of Coventry by Colonel William F.
They were joined by Jo Philipps, the volunteer coordinator for the Charterhouse
Trust, as they filled a number of rubbish bags from the river bank and surrounding land.
Visitors took guided tours around the Charterhouse
, and the Little Vintage Cake Company were ready with some restorative treats for the building's explorers.
A sympathetically-designed extension may be built onto the Charterhouse
to create a space for a new fine-dining restaurant and cafe.
Trust appealed to the public to lend a hand on Saturday in getting the 600-year-old building ready for its big opening on March 22.
The plans for a public route through the wildlife corridor form part of wider proposals for a 70-acre heritage park, which includes the Charterhouse
and London Road cemetery.