A resident surveys plans for the future of the Charterhouse at the meeting for the community and supporters on the 25th July.
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As a jewel in Coventry’s crown of medieval heritage, The Charterhouse Priory has remained closed to the public for far too long. The parkland and walled garden are also a fantastic but underused rural landscape next to the city centre. The Council welcomes the plans of the Trust to place The Estate in its rightful position as a key element of the City’s leisure and tourism offer.
|—||Cllr Ed Ruane Coventry City Council Cabinet Member Leisure and Culture|
This wonderful building was left to the people of Coventry by Col. William Fitzgerald Wyley on his death in 1940. He was a great Edwardian: Lord Mayor of Coventry, prominent businessman, and a founder and early President of the Chamber of Commerce. The Trust is to be congratulated in working to turn Col. Wyley’s intentions for the Charterhouse, his home, into a reality. It will undoubtedly soon become a major attraction for visitors to the city and local people alike.
|—||Amrik Bhabra, President, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce|
Charterhouse is a hidden gem. Rarely have we come across a building of this age that has been forgotten. The medieval wall paintings dating from the 1400s are almost unique in this country. This is a building of international significance and we are pleased to be able to support proposals to open up the building to public access.
|—||Ian Lush Chief Executive of Architectural Heritage Fund|
‘Coventry’s Charterhouse is a wonderfully multi-layered historic site, rare as a Carthusian Monastery and exceptional for its wall paintings. It is essential to protect and enhance it, both as a national asset and a living resource of history and beauty in a deprived community.’
|—||Dr Jonathan Foyle Chief Executive World Monuments Fund|
By its courageous work, Charterhouse Priory Trust is not only saving an important piece of our history, it may also be part of bigger movement that is helping to restore our souls. I wish the Trust great success in this imaginative project that deserves the support of anyone who believes that the past has something to give to the future.
|—||The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth Bishop of Coventry|