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Grantham Freemasons’ Hall to open to the public for third time in its history

A historic hall will open to the public for just the third time in its 85-year history.

The Grantham Freemasons’ Hall on Chambers Street will swing open its doors for a special public viewing as part of the Lincolnshire Heritage weekend.

This will take place on Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, from 11am to 3pm.

Chris Watkin.
Chris Watkin.

The hall has been a cornerstone of Grantham life since its establishment on Chambers Street in 1937.

The Freemasons themselves have a much longer history in the town, tracing their roots back to 1726.

Over the centuries, they've shifted locations from the George Hotel to the Ship Tavern, and eventually to their current home.

Visitors are invited to explore the rich history and architectural wonders of this storied building. The tour will include all the hidden corners, intricate details, and, of course, the grand and ornate Lodge room where Grantham Freemasons convene monthly.

Those interested in historical artefacts will be in for a treat as the hall's Museum of Freemasonry will also be open to the public.

The museum boasts a wide array of items, including Masonic paintings, medals, and regalia that date back to the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Chris Watkin, a key figure in the event’s organising committee, said: "This open day is not only a chance for the public to take a glimpse into a significant part of Grantham's heritage but also an opportunity for anyone considering becoming a Freemason to ask questions and get straightforward answers."

The Freemasons emphasize that there is no obligation to join and encourage all types of inquiries during the event.

Visitors will have the freedom to engage in open conversations about what Freemasonry entails, its history in Grantham, and what it offers to its members.

Entry is entirely free throughout the event, making it an excellent outing for individuals, families, and community groups.

While booking is not required, the Freemasons kindly request that all children be accompanied by an adult.

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