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Kilve, Somerset

Historical Description

Kilve, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands near the coast, between the Bristol Channel and the Quantock Hills, about 1 mile from each, and 5 miles NE by E of Williton station on the G.W.R., and 6 E by N of Watchet; is a pleasant place-Wordsworth's " Kilve by the green sea." It has a post office under Bridgwater; money order and telegraph office, Nether Stowey. Acreage, 1773; population of the civil parish, 186; of the ecclesiastical, including Stringston, 307. The living is a rectory, united with the vicarage of Stringston, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £300 with residence. The church is ancient, was restored in 1861, and consists of centre aisle and chancel, with porch and tower. A chantry or priory was founded near the church by Simon de Foumeaux, and has left some remains. A reading-room was opened in 1885.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySomersetshire 
Ecclesiastical parishKilve St. Mary 
HundredWilliton and Freemanners 
Poor Law unionWilliton 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Kilve 1638-1812, Somerset is available to browse online., in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Kilve from the following:


Online maps of Kilve are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictWest Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA5
Post TownBridgwater