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On 3 December we are hosting our popular carol concert

 

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Lesley Smith's portrayal of Nell Gwynne at Thringstone house in October was well attended.

 

 

 

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Please note that the price of Dame Petronella's 1414-1418 Account book has been reduced to 15 + p&p.

The book is unusual in that it is the sort of record which lay behind formal accounts and which tended to get destroyed.
It is clear someone has later annotated many of the entries with the heading of the classic manorial account.
The book details both the income of the priory - mostly rents from settlements within a few miles of the house - and its expenditure.
The latter included purchases of meat and fish and other foodstuffs for the household, costs of items such as building work, agriculture (mostly wages) and payments to servants. The Account Book is not just about money, but also a source of information about many aspects of social life at the beginning of the 15th century. The Draft Account Book will be invaluable to medievalists studying social, economic and monastic history and to Family Historians.
 
The book has been printed in paperback form, in a limited edition of 300. Professor Christopher Dyer of the University of Leicester has written the Preface; Kenneth Hillier, a trustee and local Historian, has written a 29 page Introduction; Dominic Johnson, Genealogist and Historical Researcher is responsible for the transcription and translation from the original medieval Latin; and the late Lesley Boatwright wrote on the Editorial Conventions and Latinity of the Grace Dieu Priory clerks. There is a Glossary of both Latin and medieval English words; Person, Places and Subjects indexes; and a useful list of Saints Days and Festivals.

The book, which consists of 348 pages, costs 15 + 4 p. & p. (cheques payable to Grace Dieu Priory Trust please) and can be obtained from

Mrs Ann Petty,  174 Leicester Road, Whitwick, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 5GJ the sole supplier.

 

 

 

 

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Next year we will again be running our FREE school educational visits.  

These visits are intended to increase awareness of Grace Dieu Priory and consist of a presentation, activities and a guided tour of the Priory.

What could be better than a walk and talk in the fresh air - and it's FREE 

If you are involved with a school, or know a school that might be interested, please contact our Chair Paula Goodson - 01530 222399

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If you would like to become a Friend of Grace Dieu priory and involved in future events please see here for more information.  

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You can download a route map to the Priory from the car park at the Bull's Head Thringstone here.

To purchase the books below please contact Ann Petty