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Grace Dieu Priory

When travelling on the A512 road between Shepshed and Ashby De La Zouch, the ruins of the priory can be seen on the left side of the road before the turn off to Thringstone is reached. Just before the turn off enter the car park of “The Bulls Head”.  Park in the top left side of the car park where you can join a footpath which will take you to the ruins. You will pass under a railway bridge which once carried the railway line between Loughborough and Coalville.  Turn left and follow the path until you come to a railway viaduct with seven arches. Continue on the path and watch for a wide gate within 200 yards on your right, which when passed through will take you to the ruins.

The priory came into being around 1235-1241 as a house for Augustan canonesses. By 1377 the priory had 16 nuns with a hospital for twelve people attached.

In 1538 the priory was dissolved because of the lower incomes received and therefore of less importance.  One notice board on the east wall gives further information as to its design and how the complex would have looked.

You will notice the surrounding woodland area is particularly attractive and has many paths which you are welcome to enjoy. If you locate the Grace Dieu brook, a path will take you in a southerly direction for some way. Notice some of the large boulders in the brook. The woodland is in the National Forest but predates its inception by many years. Entry to the ruins is entirely free as the upkeep is managed by friends of the priory. When returning on your walk, why not take advantage of the carvery at the “Bull’s Head” which on a Monday to Saturday is only £6.49p per person.


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