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Charterhouse is a leading English independent school.  It was first established on the site of an old Carthusian monastery in the Smithfield area of London, by philanthropist Thomas Sutton, in 1611.  His bequest set up a hospital, an almshouse, a home for 80 male pensioners and a school for 40 boys.  Today pupils are still referred to as Carthusians, and former pupils as Old Carthusians or OCs. Pictured are captains of 2008 and 2011 Boodles ISFA Cup winners Jack Ryder-Smith (white) and Anthony Beddows. Both school and old boy teams play an exciting and high standard of "non-pyramid" football.

As well as a place in history as one of the nine original public schools in the UK, Charterhouse has a good claim to be one of the founding fathers of the modern game of football (soccer).  if you have not already done so, have a look at "From Cloisters to Cup Finals"-a history of Carthusian football.

This site offers some of that history, and hopes to keep OCs and others around the world in touch with modern day football at Charterhouse.

1611 School founded in Charterhouse Square at the bequest of Thomas Sutton.
1811 Headmaster Dr Russell persuades governors to "improve" Green, the playing area in the school grounds. "Football" played in Cloisters which was where the game first developed.
1862 First recorded matches  in the Captain's Book.   
1863 First recorded match v Westminster and Charterhouse captain at initial FA meeting in the Freemasons' Tavern.
1872 School moves to Godalming in Surrey.
1876 OC Football Club established and join the F.A.

Charterhouse moved to its current site in Godalming, Surrey in 1872, under headmaster The Reverend Haig Brown. A hill-top site of 68 acres just outside the town saw the original construction of three boarding houses.  Now there are twelve houses, and pupils compete against each other in both sports and arts.

CHARTERHOUSE celebrated its 400th year in 2011.
The Old Carthusians won the FA Cup in 1881, as well as the FA Amateur Cup in 1894 and 1897.  The OC club still thrives today, securing an Arthurian League and Arthur Dunn Cup double in 2006, 2008 and 2011. 
The school has an enviable history in schools' records with some great success in the Boodles ISFA Cup with appearances in the final in 1993, 2000, 2007, 2008 and 2011. Victories were in 2008 and 2011.