History was made in Chester when the Black Door of Queen Street’s Masonic Hall was open to the public for the first time since 1900. Cestrian Lodge decided as part Grand Lodge tercentenary celebrations to open Chester’s living Masonic Museum to the general public. A good number of visitors attended where members of Cestrian Lodge were on hand to conducted them throughout the building describing some of the many interesting items of masonic memorabilia. You could distinctly hear the “wow” and the “goodness me, it’s spectacular” as they passed through the Lodge room door.
Amongst the many visitors was the Lord Mayor of Chester, Razia Daniels who was very impressed and interested in Chester’s rich Masonic history and the meeting of three Chester Lodges in 1724 at the Castle where they selected the first Provincial Grand Master for the County Palatine of Chester who was later Installed in 1725. WBro George Mann APGM presented the Lord Mayor with a very generous cheque to aid her three selected charities. DIAL West Cheshire, The Unity Centre and St Mary’s Handbridge Community Centre.
It will be some time before Queen Street Masonic Hall is open to the public again, maybe in 2025 when Cheshire holds its own Tercentenary Celebrations.
WBro Jack McGarva describes some of the many features of Queen Street’s Masonic Hall
Intense interest by the Lord Mayor of Chester as George Mann describes some items of Cheshire’s history
A Cheque for the Lord Mayor to aid her three chosen charities
WBro Simon Medland and the Lord Mayor Razia Daniels look at the very impressive portrait of Viscount Combermere whose statue can be seen in Grosvenor Road opposite the Abode Hotel.