When I first arrived at Charterhouse, all the pictures on the walls of the sport teams, all smiling and hugging each other made me think two things: firstly, this was a very sporty House, and secondly, I would not fit in with all the other people in the older years since they knew each other so well. I was wrong in both cases. Gownboys is a very open House for co-curricular studies, and that never before had I seen such kindness from the older years. When I greet the next generation of Gownboys, I wish to spread that same warmth to them, of what it feels like to be part of a family.
Year 9 pupil
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 many of 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. 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.