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And finally in this series..
The entrance to Mount Grace Priory is through this manor house. It was restored and extended from the 15th century priory guest house in 1654 by Thomas Lascelles for his home. Further restoration and extensions to the manor house were made in 1901 By Sir Lowthian Bell, who also began the preservation of the monastic ruins. In 1953 the whole priory site was given to the British government by the executors of the will of Sir Maurice Bell in lieu of death duties (Yes in the UK if you have over a certain amount of property, the government tax you when you die that is how large properties are lost to families as they often haven稚 the actual money to pay the death duties) The priory was given to the National Trust, but it is managed by English Heritage. There is a small museum upstairs in the manor house

We were talking to the historian working at the priory. The entrance and shop are in the original 15th century part of the building and he showed us some of the original stones inside, which bore the marks of the stonemasons who built it. Apparently each stonemason at the time had their own mark, which they used as an inscription to identify their work. I found it quite moving to touch those inscriptions that had been done 600 years ago. It made it more personal somehow. One particular mark he told us was a Huguenot mark, so that is another link with France, the origins of the Carthusian order who inhabited the priory.

An easy way to access the other shots in the series for more information, is to click on the English Heritage theme (left)

I took this shot as we were leaving, and as you see the sun was getting very low (although it was only 2pm) and there is a lot of shade. In the WS there are two alternatives.

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