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Description: North Hertfordshire Masonic Lodge (The Cloisters)
Date Listed: 7 September 1979
English Heritage Building ID: 161838
OS Grid Reference: TL2204331427
OS Grid Coordinates: 522043, 231427
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9679, -0.2249
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TL 23 SW 1/23
1906-7 by W H Cowlishaw. Built for Miss Annie Lawrence as a residential School
of Psychology. Later converted for use as a preparatory school, then a concert
hall. By 1948 it had become a masonic lodge. Romantic composition with an
octagonal, high tower and 2 open turrets with spiral staircases rising above
the cloister garth, an open semi-circular court, which was later roofed with
a rotunda when used as a concert hall. Other features originally included cubicles
for dressing purposes linked to an open swimming bath. Tiled roofs. Grey brick
with diaper work patterns and Purbeck stone dressings. The rich, symbolic carved
work (doves and bats for example) was mostly uncompleted before the building
project in its original form came to a halt in 1907. Interior of painted brick
with mass concrete vaulting. Windows of 2-light mullioned casement with leaded
lights, and arranged as enormous mullioned key windows around the central court.
Entrance in north-west corner approached by flights of steps leading to arched
portico. The cloister garth has an arcade with columns of Swedish green marble
and a central fountain in Art Nouveau style around the central support of the
tower. Modern additions to the rear.
Listing NGR: TL2204331427
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Source: English Heritage
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