Masonic Hall – Cheltenham, England - Atlas Obscura

Masonic Hall

One of the oldest Masonic buildings in England, and still in use today. 


Standing as a testament to the enduring legacy of Freemasonry, this Masonic hall resides in Cheltenham. Constructed in 1820 by George Allen Underwood, the historic building is one of the oldest lodges in England and serves its original purpose. A display of Regency architecture and ecclesiastical structure, the hall showcases its enduring splendor with its original features carefully preserved.

The hall has stood tall for over 180 years and witnessed the growth of various lodges within its walls. However, through time, the hall needed upkeep. A comprehensive restoration project took place in 1981 and was completed in 1985. The interiors and exteriors of the building have returned to their original grandeur.

Featuring walls adorned with artworks portraying the Templar Knights, the Masonic Hall stands as a symbolic structure. Inside, a mantelpiece displays emblems of Malta and the Rose Croix. Symbols such as the Paschal Lamb and a Bible in the building signify the hall’s historical value. C. Rainger, one of the members, unveiled paintings hidden under layers of wallpaper for decades. The interiors showcase famous knights interlaced with Graeco-Roman designs, styled in a Regency manner. It’s obvious no expense was spared.

The Cheltenham Masonic Hall continues to be a vital center for the Freemasons, hosting regular meetings for over 400 masons across the nine lodges and side orders. Through ongoing efforts to protect and maintain this historic landmark, the Freemasons ensure its legacy will endure for many more years

Know Before You Go

The nearest train station is Cheltenham Spa, and is a 16-minute bus journey to the nearest bus station (Pittville Street). From the train station, it is also a 31-minute walk. 

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