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NOTES ON KILVE

Kilve is situated on the coast at the northern end of the Quantock Hills.

Between the car park and the beach stands a Grade II listed building that is a monument to a failed industry.

It is an oil refining retort and in 1923 two companies were formed to exploit the oil found in the oil shale deposits along the north Somerset coast.

Previous tests had suggested that there was over 200 million tons of oil shale with each ton producing 40 gallons of oil.

In 1924 an experimental plant was built at Kilve only to discover that the oil yield was only 5-10 gallons per ton.

The deeper mining that would be required to extract the better oil shale would prove to be disastrously uneconomical and so ended Somerset’s oil boom.

Source: Curious Somerset by Derrick Warren.

 

LINKS TO WEB SITES RELATED TO KILVE

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KILVE COURT - Residential education centre.

THE QUANTOCK - Online community magazine.

UK FOSSILS NETWORK - Fossil hunting web site.

TONY HOWELL - Professional photographer. Recommended web site with many excellent photographs.

KILVE VILLAGE STORE - Supplies and B&B.