DVS Spring Meeting/AGM 2021 [To Be Confirmed]
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The Charterhouse, in the Smithfield area of London, is a Tudor mansion rich with Edward de Vere connections. The Autumn Meeting of the DVS can be accommodated there at very reasonable rates. It is one of the few remaining buildings in London that we know for sure was visited regularly by Edward de Vere. Connections include:
- After the dissolution of the medieval monastery, members of the Bassano family of instrument makers were amongst the tenants of the former monks’ cells.
- In 1545, the entire site was bought by Sir Edward North (c. 1496–1564), who transformed the complex into a luxurious mansion house. North demolished the church and built an opulent Tudor mansion including courtyards, the Great Hall and adjoining Great Chamber.
- In 1558, during North’s occupancy, Queen Elizabeth I used the Great Chamber during the preparations for her coronation. This is the last surviving Tudor Great Chamber in London.
- The Great Chamber is also where King James I knighted many of his favoured noblemen.
- Following North’s death, the property was purchased by Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, who renamed it Howard House. In 1570, following his imprisonment in the Tower of London for scheming to marry Mary, Queen of Scots, Norfolk was placed under house arrest at the Charterhouse. He occupied his time by embellishing the house, and built a long terrace in the garden (which survives as the Norfolk Cloister) leading to a tennis court.
- Edward de Vere visited his cousin Thomas Howard whilst he was under house arrest at The Charterhouse.
- In 1571, Norfolk’s involvement in the Ridolfi plot was exposed after a ciphered letter from Mary, Queen of Scots was discovered under a doormat in the house; he was executed the following year.
- The property passed to Norfolk’s son, Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk. During his occupancy, King James I held court there on his first entrance into London in 1603.
The Charterhouse is a 20-minute walk from the site of Fisher’s Folly, and a 22-minute walk to the site of the Curtain Theatre renovations.