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Lord Leycester`s Hospital (Warwick)

Lord Leycester`s Hospital is a striking building in the historic old town of Warwick.

A pretty timber framed building, it is situated in the High Street, and was one of the few houses to survive the disastrous fire of 1694.

The earliest part dates back to 1383, when it was built as St. Geoge`s Guildhall.

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and favourite of Elizabeth I, converted it in 1571 into a home for retired soldiers, especially those who had been wounded while in the service of the realm`s leading nobility. The accommodation was for a master and twelve brethren.

Incorporated into the complex is Warwick`s Westgate.

The building has also been used as the council chamber and as a grammar school.

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