Henry Nihill House

The Community of St Mary at the Cross are the registered providers of a 30-bed Care Home with Nursing, registered with the Care Quality Commission.  Henry Nihill House is situated in the grounds of Edgware Abbey.

The community of St Mary at the Cross have a contract with the St John  of God Hospitaller Services who have the overall responsibility for the leadership and operational management of the home.

The Community of St Mary at the Cross and St John of God Hospitaller Services share similar values and ethos, and work closely together in supporting people in Henry Nihill House.

If you would like further information about Henry Nihill House and its care and support, please contact the

HNH Office on:
Tel: 020 8905 4200
Fax: 020 8958 4713
Email: henrynihill@sjog.org.uk

Care Quality Commission Report     18.07.2018

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HENRY NIHILL HOUSE, Care Home with Nursing

A charitable work of the Community of St Mary at the Cross: Ch.Reg. No: 209261
Edgware Abbey Charitable Trust: 209261(2)

The Sisters of the Community of St Mary at the Cross have cared for the sick and poor, and those in need of every kind in London since their Foundation in 1866. Firstly in Shoreditch building a hospital for children with a school, building a convalescent home for them in the countryside at Edgware in 1873; then from 1932 at the premises in Edgware, after closing the Shoreditch House and all moving to Edgware, expanding the buildings to accommodate.

As medicine improved over the years many of the children survived and lived to old age. As education and social amenities developed so the needs of the times changed, and the work of the Sisters adapted to care for adults rather than children.

This worked progressed to require a new care home and Henry Nihill House was opened in 1992, a purpose-built home in the beautiful grounds of Edgware Abbey.

Henry Nihill House is named after our Founder, Fr Henry Nihill who worked untiringly alongside Mother Monica (Foundress) and the Sisters. It is a not for profit care home with nursing in the voluntary sector, providing care for 30 people of all faiths or none, delivered in a professional, inclusive and caring manner; and in accordance with the Health & Social Care Act (2015), regulated by CQC: Rating Good. At present 20 beds are receiving local government or NHS funding, which is not adequate to cover the costs of the care, the increasing staff salaries, and constant upkeep of the buildings, so the home is heavily subsidised from the Edgware Charitable Trust funds – and we need funding to maintain these. (Cheques are made payable to “Edgware Abbey” or press the donate button.)

In 2019 we realised that our care work was following a new development as we were requested to accommodate persons requiring complex care – this is the need of our present time. Persons, often younger people, who need to leave the hospital environment but are too ill to live at home. Henry Nihill House provides a homely atmosphere giving comfort and peace, and space and freedom for family members to spend as much time as they wish with their relatives in care. At the moment four beds are given to this, but our development is working towards eight beds in the “Yvie Suite” for complex care: dedicated to the memory of a former resident Yvonne Hewitt by kind permission of her family. This involves specialised staff, special equipment and updating of the rooms.
This important care ministry reflects our original charism in providing a loving home for many who cannot be cared for elsewhere, and in accord with our Benedictine ethos: “Before all things, care must be taken of the sick: all are to be cared for as Christ Himself.”
(RB ch.36 & reflecting Matt.25:36,40)

Everyone’s need for continued fulfilment in life, is seen as a gospel value: Jesus said “I am come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b)

Thank you for supporting us.

+Mary Therese OSB Jan 2020



The Sisters are a daily presence in Henry Nihill House and are available to give spiritual support to Residents and staff.
They are seeking to fulfil the words of Jesus:

"I am come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly"            [Gospel of John 10:10]

The needs of Residents and Staff for continual personal fulfilment and development are recognised and honoured.