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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Our popular carols event will take place this year on Sunday 3rd December. 
We look forward to you joining us.
If you would like to help out please get in touch as we are always in need of volunteers for this and other events.


Christmas 2023 poster

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Hello Heritage Festival 2023

  

Belton History Group, in conjunction with the Friends of Grace Dieu Priory, hosted a very sucessful weekend of activities

 

Belton 2023 Hello Heritage 

 

Also as part of Hello Heritage 2023 on Sunday 17th September @ 3pm

the Friends of Grace Dieu Priory are hosted a guided walk

 

This is a FREE walk. No booking required. 

Meet at Bull's Head car park (Thringstone, LE67 8LR)

 

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2023 UK-wide CBA Festival of Archaeology

  

As part of the festival the Friends of Grace Dieu Priory hosted two guided walks.
Walk through the ancient Grace Dieu Woods, under the Charnwood Forest Railway

and along the Charnwood Forest Canal to the picturesque ruins of Grace Dieu Priory 🌳🥾🏛️

 

Sunday 9th July @ 3pm
Wednesday 26th July @ 6pm

 

Price: £3 per adult, children FREE. No booking required!

Meet at Bull's Head car park (Thringstone) (LE67 8LR)

 

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AND... the Friends of Grace Dieu Priory open weekend returned! 🏛️😁

It was open to all with FREE entry
12-5pm on Saturday 29th and 12-5pm Sunday 30th July.
Parking at the Bulls Head (Thringstone, LE67 8LR)
Activities included:
Exhibition tent
Have-a-go at excavating!
Guided tour of the site (Sunday 30th at 2pm)
Refreshments and guidebooks were available with all proceeds going towards the upkeep of Grace Dieu Priory.

 

 

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School educational visits are available but please contact our treasurer below for more information.  

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.

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

https://youtu.be/G1_f6ZzcZ2k

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A recent addition to our growing book store is our new Walk Around Guide to Grace Dieu, available for just £4.99.

A Walk around Guide to Grace Dieu Priory

Below are details of a beautifully produced book.

 Please click the image to see a preview.

More Than Meets The Eye

The above book, by Steve Woodward and Helen Ikin from the Loughborough Naturalistsí 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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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