Sibell, Countess Grosvenor

Sibell, Countess Grosvenor (1855-1929) gave money in 1924 for a new altar to be erected in the south aisle of Henry VII's chapel in Westminster Abbey, the original having been removed centuries ago. This is by Detmar Blow and forms a memorial to Lord Kitchener and to Percy Wyndham ( her son by her second husband) who was killed in the Great War.

Above the altar is a framed early 16th century, possibly Flemish, tapestry depicting the Descent from the Cross, with a floral border. This is composed of woven wool, silk and silver gilt. This was given in 1929 in memory of Countess Grosvenor. The shields or coats of arms on the metal frame are (from lower left) William and Mary, Henry VII, Lord Kitchener, Countess Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, Queen Anne, Charles II and on the lower section the monastery of Westminster and St Edward the Confessor.

Further reading

See also the entries Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster and for Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster.




Lady Chapel

Sibell, Countess Grosvenor
Countess Grosvenor memorial tapestry

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