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Islington MP Emily Thornberry visits historic band of brothers

PUBLISHED: 09:41 16 May 2015

MP Emily Thornberry with Charlie Hobson, master of the Charterhouse

MP Emily Thornberry with Charlie Hobson, master of the Charterhouse

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Newly re-elected MP for Islington South and Finsbury Emily Thornberry visited the band of brothers who inhabit an ancient Carthusian monastery.

The visit took place as Ms Thornberry was on the campaign trial for Thursday’s general election.

She met the master of the historic Charterhouse buildings, in Charterhouse Square, Finsbury, along with a number of residents, known as brothers,who live in the sheltered accommodation there.

The Charterhouse dates back to 1371, when the monastery was established on the site. In 1611 it was sold to Thomas Sutton, who established a charitable foundation to care for elderly men at the London site.

Ms Thornberry said: “Opening up these historic buildings and the beautiful garden square for public access are welcome steps to make this institution – an important part of Islington’s history.”

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