Lord Leicester, or Leycester, not welcomed in Warwick

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Visitors to Warwick’s Tourist Information Centre on the corner of Castle Street, might enjoy seeing this modern painting by Rugby artist Lynsey Cleaver which aims to recreate a well-documented event in the town on 29 September, 1571.

This was when no less a figure that Lord Leicester arrived to a bleak welcome. Historians feel sure he would have ridden up Castle Street, then the London road but later blocked by the earl to extend castle walls, passing Oken’s House (now a tea rooms) and Guy’s Tower.