Brother David arranged another visit to Freemasons’ Hall including a tour of the library and museum and the Grand Temple which seats over 1,700 people. On display was an abundance of masonic artefacts including masonic jewels, tools and aprons of beautiful and various designs. A recent addition also included a Mark Mason’s Certificate issued to Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde).
Freemasons’ Hall has been the setting for many TV shows and films, including ‘Johnny English’, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, ‘Spooks’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘Green Zone’. Built between 1927–1932 as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in the First World War, it is one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England and is Grade II* listed internally and externally. It is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England and the principal meeting place for Masonic Lodges in London. Grand Lodge has been in Great Queen Street since 1775, the present Hall being the third building on the site.
After the tour the brethren and friends had a very nice lunch at Ciao Bella in Bloomsbury and spent a few pleasant hours wining, dining and chatting.
A few photos.