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St Augustine's Abbey, Chilworth

St Augustine's Abbey, Chilworth
Southeast view of the abbey
Monastery information
Other names Chilworth Friary
Chilworth Abbey
Order Order of Saint Benedict
Established November 2011
Dedicated to Augustine of Canterbury
Diocese Arundel and Brighton
Founder(s) Mary Anne Alliott
Fr Arthur Wells
Status Abbey
Functional Status Active
Heritage designation Grade II listed
Architect Frederick Walters
Completed date 18 June 1892
Construction cost £7,000
Location Chilworth, Surrey

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St Augustine's Abbey or Chilworth Abbey, formerly Chilworth Friary, is a Benedictine abbey in Chilworth, Surrey. The building is Grade II listed, was designed by Frederick Walters and was built in 1892. It was formerly a Franciscan friary and a novitiate for the order.[1]


Construction of the friary started in 1890 and it was designed by the architect Frederick Walters, who also designed the nearby St. John's Seminary in Wonersh. It was financed by a £7,000 bequest from Mary Anne Alliott who was the aunt of the founder of the friary, Fr Arthur Wells. On 18 June 1892 the friary and church was dedicated and consecrated by the Bishop of Southwark. The friary was built to serve as a novitiate for the Franciscans in Britain.[2]

In 1915, an organ, built by Lewis & Co was installed.[2] It was paid for by John Courage of Derryswood, Wonersh (owner of both Lewis & Co and Courage Brewery) and was done with permission from the architect.

In 1945, the parish of Holy Ghost Church was entrusted to the friary. It expanded and the friary also served a Mass centre in Gomshall, Our Lady of the Angels.[2]


In 2011, it was announced that the friars would leave Chilworth. The friars were distributed amongst the other Franciscan houses in Britain and the parish church of the Holy Ghost was closed. That year, St Augustine's Abbey in Ramsgate also closed and the Benedictine monks looked for a smaller property to move into. When Chilworth Friary became available, they agreed to move to the area and it became St Augustine's Abbey.[3]


See also


  1. ^ Ramsgate Benedictines move to Chilworth from Independent Catholic News retrieved 25 February 2014
  2. ^ a b c Chilworth News from Order of Friars Minor retrieved 25 February 2014
  3. ^ History from Chilworth Benedictines retrieved 25 February 2014

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