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The Abbey

A small country parish isn't perhaps the first place you'd expect to find an abbey, but Kilcluney, near Markethill in Co Armagh has just such a building.

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Built in the 1880's, you could drive past 'the abbey' today without noticing it. From the outside it looks like a modern church hall, but the whole inside is beautifully carved out of European fir.

The Rev Henry Hutchings was the founder of this enchanting place and he financed the whole project out of his own pocket. His motivation was his desire to conduct worship in a more 'high church' manner and as this would have been frowned upon by the established church, he realised the only way round it was to build his own place of worship. His creation of "The Abbey" also provided an outlet for his favourite pastime woodcarving.

It is almost certain that "The Abbey" was never dedicated, but Hutchings did use it (as well as the parish church) for worship and it had a robed choir. The choristers became known locally as "Hutchings Angels".

 

Your Responses:

Adeline Hutchings - Aug '08
I am Adeline Hutchings - who is the Rev Henry Hutchings great grandson? Is that you Henry?

Henry Hutchings - May '08
I am the Rev Henry Hutchings great grandson. I would be happy to write what I know of him and his descendants.

Judith Langfield - Nov '06
Is there anywhere I can I find information on Rev Henry Hutchings and his family please?



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