Lord Leycester Hospital
The Lord Leycester Hospital is a retirement home for ex-servicemen of Warwick. It is located next to the West Gate on High Street.
The Hospital includes a medieval Chapel of St James the Great, living quarters (including the Master's House), a Guildhall (with anterooms) and a Great Hall. Also contained within the building are Master's Garden and the Museum of the Queen's Own Hussars.
The Hospital has a varied history, starting when the Chantry Chapel of St James was built in 1126. It was rebuilt in the 14th century. Various Guilds joined together over the 14th to 16th centurys until they were disbanded. In the late 16th century it was home to Brethren under the charge of a "Master". This continued until 1950.
In 1956 the Corporation of the Master and Brethen of the Hospital was abolished by Act of Parliament, having operated for nearly 400 years. In 1966 a restored hospital was opened by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother with modern flats for retired officers of the Armed Forces to live in, with their wives.
Grade I listed building