Robert Dudley Warwick Trail
Lovers of Tudor History are invited to join us in the Historic County Town of Warwick for a special weekend exploring the town’s close links to Robert Dudley.
Tim Clark, historian and author of “Faire and Goodly Built: an incomplete history of St. Mary’s Warwick“, will greet guests with a welcome talk. He will discuss the connection that Robert Dudley, son of the duke of Northumberland, had with Warwick. He will also run through what guests can expect to see and find out about the next day, including why Robert Dudley is buried at St. Mary’s Warwick, and how he came to found his ‘Hospital’ in the town. There will also be the opportunity to engage with a knowledgeable representative of the Lord Leycester about what Dudley was able to achieve through his ‘Hospital’.
After a four-course dinner, Guests will retire to a Collection bedroom in The Warwick Arms Hotel. In the morning you are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast at your leisure, before being collected from the Hotel at 10am and escorted to the stunning St Mary’s Church.
Explore the beautiful Church with a knowledgeable guide who will show you the incredible Beachamp Chapel, which contains the ornate tomb of Robert Dudley and his second wife Lettice Knollys as well as the remarkable tomb of their young son “The Noble Impe”.
Return to The Warwick Arms Hotel for a delicious Afternoon Tea, with sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and homemade cakes, and rest by the fireplace before heading out again, escorted by a robed member of the Brethren, to the Lord Leycester – arguably one of the finest preserved examples of a medieval guild complex in Europe.
The Lord Leycester has benefitted from a £4.5 million restoration, including £1.8million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. You will hear the tale of how Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester and favourite of Elizabeth I, came to own the medieval guild buildings and his motivation for transforming them into a ‘hospital’, providing homes for deserving warriors known as the Brethren, who still occupy the building today!
We then invite you to explore the wonderfully restored buildings showcasing the stories of the Lord Leycester’s first Masters and their personal relationship with Dudley. You will be able to trace the Patronage of the Lord Leycester to the Sidney family – today’s Patrons and descendants of Robert Dudley himself. View exciting new exhibitions including the never before displayed founding documents – signed by Robert Dudley, a 1588 original portrait, and embroidery reputedly produced by Amy Robsart, Dudley’s first wife.
Call Reception to reserve your space on this exclusive event! 01926 492759