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While in Warwick, pay a visit to the Queen's Own Hussar's Museum. What's a hussar, you ask? Why it's a soldier and member of the light cavalry regiment of the British Army. The museum recollects the illustrious history of the hussars and displays many aspects of its past and current operation.
Another military museum to be found in Warwick is the Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum. Yeomen were a force of voluntary cavalrymen established in 1794 in preparation of potential invasion (at the time) by the French, with whom England was then at war. Uniforms, sabers, weapons, and more are proudly on display. The Third Military Museum, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire) - a bit of a theme in Warwick, is located in the free St John's Museum , which is an Elizabethan mansion, and traces the history of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. On display are four Victoria Crosses won by soldiers from the Regiment, as well as artefacts and uniforms from the Regiments history dating back to 1674. The Royal Warwickshire Regiment have numerous battle honours, but ceased to be a separate unit in 1968. They amalgamated with three other Regiments to form the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Lord Leycester Hospital is a conglomeration of buildings that comprise one of the oldest sections of Warwick, dating from the latter half of the 14th century. Before becoming a hospital, the complex served as home to several guilds including the Guild of St. George, established in 1383.
St. Nicholas Park is a place of outdoor fun for everyone and has amusement rides, boat rides (in the summer), swimming pool, and tennis courts. No Santa, though.
The Collegiate Church of St. Mary is a mediaeval structure containing tombs dating back to the 13th Century when Warwick was one of the most important towns in England; and a majestic tower that hovers over the landscape like a crowned king surveying his domain- you can pay to climb it for views over the town. The Church is well known for its musical traditions and has four choirs. regular concerts, singing events and organ recitals are held .
The Beachamp Chapel is one of the finest Mediaeval structures in the country containing the tombs of the earl's of Warwick, once one of the most powerful warlord families in England. Volunteer guides are on hand most days to explain and interpret the church and brass rubbings can be taken. The Church also contains the chapel of the Warwickshire Regiment- the 6th Foot- one of the oldest in the British Army, and has brass plaques to fallen soldiers and is hung with their numerous battle honours and the Regimental Colours. Look out for the plaque to Field Marshal Montgomery, who served in the regiment.
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