Museum of Masonry


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MARCH - The day started well for members who had signed up for the visit to Freemasons' Hall, in Holborn, but were met with a slight complication on arrival at Liverpool Street Station, when it was discovered that there was no service on the Central Line. Social Secretary Maria soon resolved this by guiding the group to board a No 8 bus that took them to their destination - Holborn Station. The United Grand Lodge of England, is just a few minutes' walk in Great Queen Street, which is between Holborn and Covent Garden and has been a Masonic meeting place since 1775. There have been three Masonic buildings on the site, with the current incarnation being opened in 1933. Members having been greeted by our guide were soon taking in the wonders of the museum library, where dozens and dozens of large display cases contained memorabilia of past years. At midday, our guide started the tour, which for those of us who had no idea what to expect, were stunned by the dimensions and beauty of the numerous rooms and halls through which we were led. It is difficult to portray the quiet calm that is completely devoid of all sounds from the busy streets outside this most beautiful building. Our guide was keen to dispel some of the myths surrounding this once very secret society. The aims of the membership (which is men only), he explained, is to work for the promotion of good deeds among one's fellow citizens, whilst raising funds for good causes. Entrance is free and I would urge anybody who has not visited this place to add it to their list of places to visit. I can guarantee they won't be disappointed. (Report and Photos: Brian Leith)

The Grand Temple

Beautiful cut glass windows

Silver table centre piece

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