The Carthusian Priory of St Anne is a unique Grade I listed building and Scheduled National Monument surrounded by walled grounds and open parkland in the centre of Coventry. The development by Historic Coventry and The Coventry Charterhouse Trust aims to reinvigorate this dramatically altered historic gem. The brief reflects the complexity of the site and its history, creating live archaeological sites, a heritage attraction, historic gardens, cafe, conference venue and community space all to sit as the visitors centrepiece of the larger heritage park vision. The scheme aims to evoke the buildings rich history opening up the pages of its story to show the building through its many forms.
The most unique of periods is the Carthusian, which will be evoked around the reimagined Great Cloister. The Carthusians had a particularly eremitic life style with each monk occupied one of 12 cottages around the central Great Cloister. The Coventry is one of only two sites close to a town and is possibly the second most complete example with 1 kilometre of precinct wall and an original prior’s cottage and refectory which incorporate some of the finest surviving mediaeval and C16th art work and wall decorations in England.
“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.”
– Ian Lush, Chief Executive of Architectural Heritage Fund