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Freemasons clock Freemasons Grand Lodge

Plaque: Freemasons clock

Erection date: 1967


{A plaque low on the building carries to the left of the text a roundel showing three towers, a pair of compasses and:} 
Grand Lodge, 1717 - 1967.

{The plaque text reads:}
The clock below the tower commemorates the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the original Grand Lodge on 24th June 1717.

The (working) clock is at the centre of the decorative panel that you can see in the photo, above the columns flanking the entrance. The dates 1717 and 1967 surround the clock face. This arrangement replaced a window. Even higher up on the frontage, surrounding a shield supported by two hairy angels are the words: Audi vide tace  - the Freemasons’ Latin motto meaning “Hear, see, be silent” from a proverb which finishes “if you would live in peace”.

Site: Freemasons Grand Lodge (2 memorials)

WC2, Great Queen Street, Freemasons' Hall

This monolithic art deco building is the HQ of the United Grand Lodge of England and is also the main meeting place for London's Lodges. The Freemasons' website says that it was built (1927-33 by H. V. Ashley and Winton Newman) as a memorial to the Freemasons who died on active service in WW1 and was initially called the Masonic Peace Memorial but, on the outbreak of WW2 that no longer seemed appropriate so it was renamed Freemasons' Hall. Inside there is a very ornate memorial shrine commemorating the 3,225 brethren who died on active service in WW1.

This is the third Freemasons' Hall on this site: the foundation stone for the first was laid 1 May 1775 (opened 23 May 1776), the second 27 April 1864 (opened 14 April 1869), the third 14 July 1927 (opened 19 July 1933 by the Duke of Connaught, Grand Master).

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Freemasons Grand Lodge, 250th anniversary

1717 saw the creation of the first Grand Lodge in the world, formed when four...

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WW1 at the Freemasons

This rather lovely carving is above the entrance. Since the whole building w...

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