Please be aware that the Friends of Grace Dieu Priory are no longer able to hold paranormal events or Ghost walks, and Paranormal events organised by 3rd parties are forbidden by the Grace Dieu Priory Trust. 

 

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On Friday 13th May the Friends of Grace Dieu Priory will be hosting a coffee morning from 10-12am at The Charles Booth Centre to raise money to help towards the cost of the recent vandalism described below.  We hope to see you at Thringstone House, The Green, Thringstone, Leicestershire, LE67 8NR

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Please take a look at our Walks and Talks page which has now been updated with the 2022 National Walking Festival and Festival of Archaeology walks

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Past To Present Archaeology is at Grace Dieu Priory. Monday 18th to Friday 29th July

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This year we are again 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 Treasurer Malcolm Allsop - 01530 833 632 mjandfmallsop4346@sky.com   

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Thank you to everyone who came to our Carols in the Cloisters event last December. 

 It was good to see so many of you there - and also the spectacular double rainbow!

Please see photos here.

 

Unfortunately last November our site was subjected to an act of vandalism.

There are some photos here and here is an article that appeared in the Leicester Mercury on 22 December 2021. Below is the Radio Leicester interview with our chairman David Whitt.

DW BBC Radio Leicester Interview (29 December 2021).mp3

So, can you help us? If you enjoy spending time at Grace Dieu, and would like to help, would you please consider donating to the site’s upkeep?

We are a small charity having to put right a lot of vandalism lately😔😫 and have recently set up a GoFundMe page to accept donations - 

We are so so grateful for all your help and support. Thank you ☺️❤️

*******Stay safe*******

 

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Below is an arial video of the site kindly provided by Richard Taylor

https://youtu.be/G1_f6ZzcZ2k

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Below are details of a beautifully produced book. Please click the image to see a preview.

More Than Meets The Eye

This book, by Steve Woodward and Helen Ikin from the Loughborough Naturalists’ Club, can be purchased for £18 plus p&p from Ann Petty -  annpetty1948@yahoo.co.uk  01530 831895. Proceeds to The Loughborough Naturalists' Club and The Friends of Grace Dieu Priory

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We are very grateful to the Grace Dieu Estate for removing the oak tree from the canal path. They did a great job. The tree has damaged the fence over the culvert but not as badly as feared. At least two wooden rails will need replacing.  

The canal path can be very muddy !! Elsewhere on the site a fence has been damaged near to the gate into the outer field but apart from that everything seemed fine. There was no litter thank you!! But lots of fresh mole hills.

 

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Well done to Years 5 and 6 from Thringstone Primary School who made this fantastic painting of Grace Dieu Priory for Thringstone Co-op in advance of their refurbishment. It looks brilliant!

The Priory painted by Years 5 & 6 from Thringstone Primary School 2020

 

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Local events season is coming up so please keep an eye on our walks web page and also our Facebook events page - www.facebook.com/gracedieupriory

 

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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

Ann Petty -  annpetty1948@yahoo.co.uk  01530 831895 the sole supplier.

 

 

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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

          More Than Meets The Eye