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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Our Christmas Carols event in 4 December 2016 was well attended and the weather was kind.


Please see our events page for photos.


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On 18th November a packed house at Thringstone Community Centre was treated to a first class portrayal of Elizabeth 1st by Lesley Smith. Lesley's regal performance was both historically informative and amusing.  


While in Thringstone, Her Majesty took the opportunity to bestow a ' knighthood' on David Whitt the retiring Chair of the Friends of Grace Dieu Priory in acknowledgement of his many years of service to the Friends.


Paula Goodson has agreed to take over the role of Chair and Rosemary Whitt the role of Secretary vacated by Paula.  The committee would like to thank them and wish them all the best in their new roles.

The Friends of Grace Dieu Priory would also like to thank Lesley Smith and the staff at Thringstone House Community Centre.

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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 222 399

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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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Guided Walks take place throughout the year  

Please be aware that The Friends are now concentrating on the True History of the Priory rather than “Ghosties & Beasties” so there will be no more walks through the woods and ruins in the dark, no overnight vigils and no one other than the actual members will be given permission to do this.  Therefore all insurances other than that of the Friends are invalidated.  

Paranormal events organised by 3rd parties are forbidden by the Grace Dieu Priory Trust.


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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