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From A Castle To An Abbey -150 Years

Kylemore Castle’s foundation stone was laid on September 4th 1867, 150 years ago this week.  A decorative trowel  was presented to Mrs Henry by the builder Thomas H Carroll to commemorate the event . This trowel is  now on display in a glass case in the Front Hall of the Abbey. The Castle was designed in the Baronial style by the Irish architect  Samuel Usher Roberts and built by primarily Irish tradesmen.

Kylemore Castle’s foundation stone was laid on September 4th 1867, 150 years ago this week.  A decorative trowel  was presented to Mrs Henry by the builder Thomas H Carroll to commemorate the event . This trowel is  now on display in a glass case in the Front Hall of the Abbey. The Castle was designed in the Baronial style by the Irish architect  Samuel Usher Roberts and built by primarily Irish tradesmen.

 

 

The Castle became the luxurious home of Margaret and Mitchell Henry and  their nine children. Covering 40,000 square feet  the Castle consisted of seventy rooms furnished with every comfort of the family in mind. Sadly Margaret Henry died  prematurely in 1874 , just three years after the completion of her magnificent home. Mitchell Henry remained in residence until 1902 ,  the Castle was then sold to the Ninth Duke of Manchester and his wife Helena who lived  a lavish lifestyle here until 1913.

 

 

In 1920 Kylemore Castle  was bought by the Benedictine Community of nuns, who in 1914, at the onset of World War 1, had fled their ancient Abbey in Ypres, Belgium, while the city was under heavy bombardment. The Castle then became, Kylemore Abbey, as it is known today and is still fully owned and managed by the Benedictine Community of Kylemore.

We welcome you to Kylemore at this special time and hope you have a very enjoyable and peaceful visit to our beautiful estate. We invite you to view the Henry Family Trail of ceramic plaques  in the Walled Garden which have been created to commemorate this, the 150th anniversary.