A Virtual Museum - Your Town, the Borough and its History
Milton Chantry 1321.
Milton Chantry 1321.

The Earliest Period

In 1321 the king, Edward 11, gave permission for Aylmer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke, to give property to the master of the Chapel, or Chantry, at Milton. The income from this property was to pay for two chaplains who would pray for Aylmer?s soul and the soul of his ancestors.
 
Milton Chantry 1540.
Milton Chantry 1540.

The Site Becomes A Farm

After Henry V111 confiscated the properties of the Church, he gave Milton Chantry with the associated buildings and land, to Sir Thomas Wyatt. In 1540 Sir Thomas rented it out as a farm to William Wilde, who converted the Chapel into a house.
 
Milton Chantry 1697
Milton Chantry 1697

The New Tavern

By 1697 part of Milton Chantry had been converted to an alehouse, The Zoar, later renamed the New Tavern. In 1776 a visitor noted that the tavern offered overnight rooms and had a neat bowling green and garden.
 
Milton Chantry Today.
Milton Chantry Today.

The Fort Today

A fort was built in the grounds of the New Tavern in the 1780?s and the tavern itself was converted for use as a military hospital in 1842. The fort was abandoned after the first world war. The grounds were opened as public gardens and the fort is now being conserved by the Thames Defence Heritage Group. The Chantry has survived, retaining many clues to its chequered history, to house this exhibition about Gravesend today.