A charming little Victorian Era hand coloured engraved print in old frame. The engraving is signed as Mary-ane Bates, I think, with a pencil notation below on the border....West Gate of Leycester Hospital, Warwick. In frame measures 15 1/4" x 11 1/2". The Lord Leycester Hospital has never been a medical establishment. The word hospital is used in its ancient sense meaning "a charitable institution for the housing and maintenance of the needy, infirm or aged". The Hospital is an historic group of timber-framed buildings dating mainly from the late 14th Century clustered round the Norman gateway into Warwick with its 12th Century Chantry Chapel above it. Hidden behind the ancient buildings is the tiny but delightful Master's Garden. For nearly 200 years it was the home of Warwick's medieval Guilds. In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I it became a place of retirement for old warriors and their wives. So it remains today as an independent charity providing a home for ex-Servicemen and their wives. The Hospital is open to the public and welcomes visitors from all over the world throughout the year. Charming rooms are available for the celebration of civil ceremonies and weddings and other private functions.
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