When Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, first opened his refuge for warriors there were twelve of them. After the renovations of the Lord Leycester in the 1960s this number became eight all with self contained homes to live in with their spouses.
Over the years the Brethren have left a collection of remarkable items to the Hospital including their war medals, a sword and breastplate from the battle of Waterloo, pikes from the civil war and a rifle from Crimea.
The Rules for who could become a Brother were laid down by Robert Dudley in the Rules and Ordinances Book – see photos below. Much emphasis was placed on providing homes to Elizabethan soldiers who had been wounded and maimed in war. Think of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Pensioners and you have an idea already of what happens at the Lord Leycester - just on a much smaller scale and over a century older!
Today the Brethren will welcome you in the Ticket office as you begin your tour around the Hospital and if you are lucky will tell you stories of days gone by and a little about the history of the place. If you are interested you can reserve a Guided Tour for individuals or Groups that will be led by one of the Brothers in his ceremonial dress.
Book by calling 01926 491 422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.