Gownboys is the oldest of the Charterhouse boarding Houses, originally established to house the scholars in 1614. It was named, not after the original Housemaster like the other Houses, but because the scholars wore gowns over their uniforms.
Built in 1872, Gownboys occupies the central position in Founders’ Court and has stunning views over the campus towards the sports centre and the new Houses. Phase one of an ambitious refurbishment programme is now complete with phase two to be completed for September 2020. The panelled dining-room and hall, with its 120 foot chimney, remain untouched, providing a real sense of history and heritage within a 21st century boarding environment.