The Lord Leycester Hospital is a registered Charity No: 216831. It is 100% funded by donations, grants, ticket sales and room hire for weddings and events. Donations are very much appreciated and go directly to maintaining our medieval buildings and heritage and supporting our charitable mandate of providing alms houses to wounded or aged warriors. We are also looking for specific funding on the following projects!
current funding projects:
A Museum to display 700 hundred years of history
Tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the Lord Leycester are artefacts that span five hundred years of history. We would like to put them on display. Properly displayed they will tell the story of centuries of lives that have been lived within the Lord Leycester in an unbroken span from Medieval to present day: the table Thomas Oken sat around with Guildsmen of Warwick; Robert Dudley's will; his first wife's Amy Robsart's embroidery from the 16th century; the chair King James 1 sat in for the banquet in his honour in the Great Hall; a 16th century ink well; Oscar Wilde's signature in our Guest books; a breast plate and helmet left by a former Brother who had fought at Waterloo; medals from Brothers who had fought in Crimea; William Morris tapestries; and Tudor silver bears given to the Brothers by Elizabeth 1, are just a few of the artefacts we would like to reveal to the world. Woven together these valuable pieces can tell the story of centuries of life at the Lord Leycester. But we need the funding and expertise to ensure it is historically accurate, faithfully interpreted and accessible to the public.
Edwardian Greenhouse in the 500 year old Garden
Our Garden is a hidden gem in the centre of Warwick. For 500 years it has been growing produce to cook in the Brethren's Kitchen and cultivating plants and flowers to decorate the Great Hall for Banquets and celebrations. It is secretly hidden behind the walls, an unexpected oasis of tranquillity and beauty in the middle of town. Our Gardener Sandra Jebb has been gardening in this secret haven for 24 years but she is worried the Edwardian Greenhouse, the nursery to grow baby plants for our garden, is about to collapse. We would like to restore it as a working greenhouse and also as an educational centre. We want to educate and show the public how greenhouses were used in by gone years and display the plants that were cultivated in them. We have already received generous grants from the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust and local Warwick individuals. We have received pledges from Warwick Glass and Woodpecker Ltd, Greenhouse builders but we are still looking for contributions.
King JaMes 1 - "Reveal the Seal"
The Great Hall of the Lord Leycester has been used for seven centuries by Warwick towns folk and their guests as a place of entertaining and socializing. But it is in a poor state of repair and we want to restore it! We want the Great Hall to go on being a central hub and a place to hold special events and celebrations.
In 1617 King James visited Warwick. He was invited to a banquet by Sir Fulke Greville however Sir Greville was living at Warwick Castle and it was in ruins so the Lord Leycester Hospital's Great Hall was used for the banquet. After this momentous event the Great Hall became known as the King James Hall. The feast was a three day affair and it took the people of Warwick ten years to pay for the Kings banquet. Sir Fulke Greville had a plaque of the occasion made and put on the wall for the event. Today that plaque, or seal, has been covered up by a false wall. We want to "Reveal the Seal" so it is on display for all to see. We held a magnificent Charity Banquet in true King James style on November 3, 2017 in the Great Hall at the Lord Leycester to raise funds to conserve the Great Hall. See Events Page for more information on this wonderful event.