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Royal visit to Gloucester today revealed

One of Gloucestershire's most historic buildings received a very special visit today (September 25) - a member of the Royal family, no less.

Llanthony Secunda Priory was honoured to welcome His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester, to celebrate the success of Llanthony's multi-million-pound Re-Formation Project.

If you are reading this story close to 1pm today the Duke, who is described as having a keen interest in architecture and historic buildings, should still be enjoying a visit to the Priory's restored medieval buildings.

His tour involves meeting many of the talented people who made the restoration project possible: architects, builders, funders, archaeologists, as well as Llanthony's dedicated trustees, staff and volunteers.

The £4m Re-Formation Project, supported by a £3.2m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, has seen three listed buildings sensitively brought back to life.

Jeremy Williamson, chair of the Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust, said: "It had been a privilege to work with such an enthusiastic and talented group of trustees and volunteers, and this, along with the generosity of funders, local sponsors, the city council and English Heritage had made it all possible.

"Events such as Gaia with 3,000 visitors had demonstrated what an asset the site could be for the City and the Trust looked forward to welcoming many more visitors."

The five acres of grounds have also been landscaped, providing a welcoming green space next to the Gloucester's historic docks.

The Re-Formation project has been a great success: what was once the largest collection of 'At Risk' buildings in the South West, has now been safe-guarded for many years to come - a success that deserved celebrating. The Duke then unveiled a plaque to commemorate Wednesday's celebration.

Whilst the site is accessible to the public, and visitors can gain an invaluable insight to Llanthony's restored buildings themselves on the next Open Day, on Sunday, October 6, between 11am and 3pm.

At 11.30am one of Llanthony's guides will be providing a special history tour of the Priory (£5 per person - booking advised).

There are also interpretation panels around the site to share the stories of what was once one of the richest religious houses in the country and a site in the heart of Gloucester's varied history, from the English Civil War to the industrial revolution.

Additionally, visitors can see images of the recent restoration works in the medieval Lady Margaret Hall, where refreshments are served.

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