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Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick

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The Lord Leycester Hospital (often known simply as the Lord Leycester) is one of the best preserved examples of medieval courtyard architecture in England and is a charity supporting ex-servicemen. It is located in Warwick, England, next to the West Gate, on High Street. It is a Grade I listed building. The Hospital is a prominent and internationally famous feature of Warwick. For almost 900 years buildings have been erected and civic activity has taken place on the site, starting with the chapel built in 1126. The site was donated by the 12th Earl of Warwick in the 14th century to the United Guild of the Holy Trinity and St George. The Guild Hall, Great Hall and Master's House were constructed in the late 15th century. Over the centuries, the ancient buildings and 500 year old gardens have been admired by many famous visitors such as Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde, by Kings and Queens, such as King George V and the Queen Mother and ordinary travellers from around the world.
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  • This really is a piece of old Warwick, having servived the fire in the 17th Century. The steps are steep of course, just take care, also some low beams, But really is something special. The one way....  more »
  • I am so glad we explored this mediaeval building. The masters garden is a little piece of heaven and must provide a haven for our retired soldiers(The Brethren) including those who served in...  more »
  • The best piece of ancient Warwick Town that amazes me every time I go. A fabulous place for locals to visit and for tourists too, not just visiting the castle. Go see history still being lived in by retired servicemen and see the oldest parts of the town, including the only surviving part of the town wall.
  • We had a super Afternoon Tea that included fresh salad and choice of sandwiches, sausage roll, scones with clotted cream and jam, plus cakes. All made on site to a high standard. The ambience is lovely as are the helpful and friendly staff. Next door is the period-style Master's Garden so taken together quite a historic treat. And we did not need dinner when we got home!

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