Because of revolution, the Benedictine life in France had nearly died out.
Dom Prosper Gueranger restored the life at Solesmes. The abbey was suppressed four times by the French government, but the community survived.
In the early twentieth century the monks were forced into exile in England and established Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight
The Solesmes congregation of French monks are noted for their dedication to Gregorian Chant, solemn liturgy and devotion to a traditional monastic regime.