Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Kylemore Castle



"Kylemore Castle was built as a private home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from London whose family was involved in textile manufacturing in Manchester, England. He moved to Ireland when he and his wife Margaret purchased the land around the Abbey. He became a politician, becoming an MP for County Galway from 1871 to 1885. The castle was designed by James Franklin Fuller, aided by Ussher Roberts. The construction of the castle began in 1867, and took the total of one hundred men and four years to complete. The castle covered approximately 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) and had over seventy rooms with a principal wall that was two to three feet thick. The facade measures 142 feet (43 m) in width and is made of granite brought from Dalkey by sea to Letterfrack and from limestone brought from Ballinasloe. There were 33 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 sitting rooms, a ballroom, billiard room, library, study, school room, smoking room, gun room and various offices and domestic staff residences for the butler, cook, housekeeper and other servants. Other buildings include a Gothic cathedral and family mausoleum containing the bodies of Margaret Henry, Mitchell Henry and a great grand-nephew" (Wikipedia).

10 comments:

  1. Some books seems missing here but it looks really beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  2. He must have been very wealthy indeed!

    ReplyDelete
  3. What, 33 bedrooms and only 4 bathrooms?!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow! So many beautiful details.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Always good to read the History with the photographs you share.
    Thanks.

    All the best Jan

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have a horrible time keep this place up...coffee is on

    ReplyDelete
  7. He must have been very wealthy indeed!


    thai porn

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for your comment! All comments are read and I will try to respond to all blog-related queries.