Founder's Court, pictured above in 1912, was bounded by Saunderites
on the left (initially the headmaster's house) and the
old chapel on the right with the accommodation for
joining the two. The fountain in the centre
of the lawn had been in place for some years by the time
the picture was taken, but the area of lawn behind where
the boys are standing was being prepared for the statue
of Thomas Sutton, the school's founder (see below).
Whilst it isn't easy to tell how old the boys in the foreground
were, one can only hope that they weren't amongst the 700
former pupils who were killed during the First World War.
Others had served during the Boer war, including Lieutenant-General
Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857-1941) who
was at the siege of Mafeking. It was later said that he managed
to get a letter out to his mother in London in which he mentions
the school's Founder's Day on 12th December. B-P is said
to have tried to locate another Old Carthusian in the town
so they could honour both the school and "good old Thomas
he celebrated the event alone.
Charterhouse School was founded in 1611.
The entrance from Founder's Court, beneath a lofty tower, can
be seen in the second image.
Close up of the statue erected in memory of the school's
Thomas Sutton (1532-12 Dec 1611)
The magnificent Sutton statue, like the older school buildings,
is Grade 2 listed. It
was erected in the grounds to celebrate the school's tercentenary
after a fund was set up in 1910 for donations to benefit
all Carthusians, and there was to be an exhibition of the
school's relics at the same time.
There is another bronze statue, also listed today,
of William Haig Brown in the grounds; this was erected in
1900 outside the old Chapel as
a memorial of his work as headmaster.
The British Museum has
a portrait of Thomas Sutton in its prints and drawings section.
Although he is seated in the Museum's portrait, Sutton
is depicted holding a scroll - just as he is here.