Kilve Chantry

Kilve Chantry was a religious site in Kilve, Somerset, England.

Kilve Chantry
Stone wall with window of ruined building
Monastery information
DisestablishedLate 14th century
Founder(s)Simon de Furneaux
LocationKilve, Somerset, England
Grid referenceST146440

The Chantry was founded in 1329, when a brotherhood of five monks was employed to say Mass for their founder, Simon de Furneaux.[1] The Roll of Incumbents shows that several successive chantry priests were incumbents of Kilve parish. It was dissolved in the late 14th century.[2] The chantry seems to have fallen into a ruin long before the dissolution of the monasteries, and for centuries it served as a barn for the adjacent farm.[3]

The building stayed in use for many years, possibly by smugglers, until a fire in 1848,[4] caused by an attempt to destroy evidence of contraband brandy.[5] Some parts of the chantry complex have survived intact and are now 'Chantry' and 'Priory Cottages', but the large solar wing is now ruined.[6]

It is now a Grade II* listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument,[2] which is listed on English Heritage's Heritage at Risk Register as "very bad" with a priority rating of "A", the highest possible.[7]


  1. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimborne, Dorset: Dovecote Press. ISBN 1-874336-27-X.
  2. ^ a b "Remains of Chantry, abutting East side of Chantry Cottage, Sea Lane (West side), Kilve". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Remains of Chantry, abutting east side of Chantry Cottage". Retrieved 7 October 2007.
  4. ^ Waite, Vincent (1964). Portrait of the Quantocks. London: Robert Hale. ISBN 0-7091-1158-4.
  5. ^ Byford, Enid (1987). Somerset Curiosities. Dovecote Press. p. 24. ISBN 0946159483.
  6. ^ "Kilve chantry, Kilve". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Remains of Chantry at Kilve, Sea Lane, Kilve, West Somerset, Somerset". Buildings at Risk Register. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2010.

Coordinates: 51°11′20″N 3°13′22″W / 51.1889°N 3.2229°W / 51.1889; -3.2229