Margaret Henry’s unexpected death in 1875 threw her husband, Mitchell, into despair. He found it difficult to spend time at their sprawling Irish estate at Kylemore. Indeed, he seldom returned, spending most of his time in England. Nevertheless, he built this chapel on the grounds as her final resting place.

Chapel at Kylemore Abbey

Built in the style of a 14th-century gothic English cathedral, this chapel looks more imposing than it really is. It’s a cathedral in 1:4 scale

Chapel at Kylemore Abbey

Its scale is most apparent inside, where one short column of pews faces the altar.

Chapel at Kylemore Abbey

The Henrys were Anglicans, but when the Benedictine nuns bought the estate they rededicated it, including this chapel, to Catholic worship and missions.

Chapel at Kylemore Abbey

By all accounts, Mitchell Henry never really recovered from losing his wife. His fortunes took a turn for the worse in the years that followed. He died nearly penniless. Yet upon his death, he was returned to Kylemore and took his eternal rest alongside his Margaret.

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4 responses to “The chapel at Kylemore Abbey”

  1. Christopher Smith Avatar
    Christopher Smith

    A most interesting story and sad one, looks a great place to visit (maybe one day),
    also great photos Jim, you do have the eye for a good photo.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s a lot closer to you than it is to me, Christopher! If you can make a trip to Ireland, you should put Kylemore on your list.

  2. DougD Avatar

    Those people in the first photo look like giants!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I was glad they were standing there, as they make apparent the cathedral’s actual scale!

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