Kilve Chantry

Kilve Chantry

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

Kilve Chantry.  photo by Barbara Cook

The building stayed in use for many years, possibly by smugglers, until a fire in 1848.  Some parts of the chantry complex have survived intact and are now 'Chantry' and 'Priory Cottages', but the large solar wing is now ruined.

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