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Ruins of Grace Dieu Priory

A Grade II Listed Building in Belton, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.761 / 52°45'39"N

Longitude: -1.3564 / 1°21'22"W

OS Eastings: 443530

OS Northings: 318351

OS Grid: SK435183

Mapcode National: GBR 7J8.ZWR

Mapcode Global: WHDHN.4VCQ

Entry Name: Ruins of Grace Dieu Priory

Listing Date: 7 December 1962

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1074118

English Heritage Legacy ID: 358049

Location: Belton, North West Leicestershire, Leicestershire, LE67

County: Leicestershire

District: North West Leicestershire

Civil Parish: Belton

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Belton St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Listing Text

SK 41 NW
6/2 Ruins of Grace Dieu
- II

Ruins of Augustinian nunnery. Founded c1240 by Roesia de Verdun. Most of
surviving detail is C15-C17. Random rubble stone with ashlar dressings, no
roofs. Plan is now indistinct and only fragments of walls survive, though up to
2 storeys in height with some taller chimneys. At NE end is a block with gabled
east wall, wide 4-centred moulded C15 arch at east end, buttress, and some
moulded window surrounds with fragments of tracery. Running south and west from
this is a long wall, probably part of dormitory range, with irregular door and
window openings, some retaining moulded stone dressings, and chamfered 4-centred
stone fireplace arches. At south west end is a tall C17 chimney stack, mostly
of brick with stone dressings, with remains of 2 square shafts. Fireplaces have
stone jambs, the lower fireplace with segmental brick arch and oven. Another
chimney adjacent. Other remains have no surviving features. At the Dissolution
the priory became the home of the Beaumont family, and later the childhood home
of the early C17 dramatist Francis Beaumont. Scheduled Ancient Monument No 14.

Listing NGR: SK4353018351

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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