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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Last year's Carols event was again very successful attracting around 80 people.

 

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We are delighted to announce that on Saturday 23rd March the Friends will be at the University of Leicester along with the Belton History Group taking part in the FREE! Celebration of Heritage event

University of Leicester Celebration of Heritage

 

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In 2024 we will be taking part in the National Walking Festival (please see our Walks and Talks page for planned activities).

Also we expect to be part of both Festival of Archaeology and Heritage events.

 

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As part of Hello Heritage 2023 the Friends of Grace Dieu Priory hosted a FREE guided walk.

 

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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 🌳🥾🏛️

 

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AND... the Friends of Grace Dieu Priory open weekend returned in 2023! 🏛️😁

It was open to all with FREE entry
Activities included: Exhibition tent, Have-a-go at excavating! Guided tour of the site
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