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:
An exhibit of 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 book; 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.
Greenhouse in the 500 year old Garden
Goal £11,000 - completed
We have reached our target of £11,000 to build an Edwardian Greenhouse in our beautiful 500 year old garden. The greenhouse has been erected and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this: Elizabeth Creak Trust, The Mill House Trust, Warwick Society, David Howells, Emma Rawlinson and many other individual donors. The gallery below shows work by Woodpecker Joinery to erect the greenhouse. We also would like to thank Warwick Glass for generously donating the glass to our greenhouse.
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 at the invitation of Sir Fulke Greville who was living at Warwick Castle and to meet the townspeople they decided to hold a banquet in the Lord Leycester Hospital's Great Hall. After this momentous event the Great Hall became known as the King James Hall. 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 and in February 2018 the Beer Festival, organised and hosted by Court Leet, raised more funds for our project. We thank Court Leet so much! See Events Page for more information.