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Visit to Lord Leycester Hospital

On Tuesday 5th May, forty of our members went on an outing to Warwick, expertly organised by our trips and outings organiser, Joy Saville. Although we were buffeted around by high winds we kept dry and following a cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake we were conducted on a guided tour of a rare surviving example of Victorian gardens once owed by individual town’s people of Warwick and now owned and cared for by the Hill Close Gardens Trust.

After lunch we met at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, where Lt. Col Lesinski took us on a guided tour. Some of you may remember him, he gave a very interesting and amusing talk on the hospital at our meeting in May 2014, which prompted plans for us to pay the hospital a visit. What a remarkable place steeped in history and a little intrigue well worth the trip.

Hill Close Gardens

Hill Close Gardens One of the four wells on the site Listening to the guide
One of the gardens The Summerhouse Fruit and Vegetables
The Summerhouse with a cellar The garden from the terrace Inside a Summerhouse

The Lord Leycester Hospital

Lord Leycester Hospital Waiting to enter View from the gatehouse In the courtyard
The Master Another photo in the courtyard In the Guildhall