North Hertfordshire Masonic Lodge (the Cloisters), Barrington Road, Letchworth Garden City - North Hertfordshire

Built in 1906-7 as a residential school of ethics and psychology based on Arts and Crafts principles. Architect WH Cowlishaw, a follower of William Morris. Highly idiosyncratic design incorporating a philosophical approach to materials with both traditional and progressive themes, but now costly to maintain. Currently the North Hertfordshire Masonic Lodge, but with much of the building unused. Problems of internal and external deterioration due to rainwater penetration. Historic England are currently exploring sources of funding for repairs with the owners.

North Hertfordshire Masonic Lodge (the Cloisters), Barrington Road, Letchworth Garden City - North Hertfordshire
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: NORTH HERTFORDSHIRE MASONIC LODGE (THE CLOISTERS)
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1102019
  • Local Planning Authority: North Hertfordshire
  • Site Type: Education > College

Location

  • Building Name: North Hertfordshire Masonic Lodge (the Cloisters)
  • Street Name: Barrington Road
  • County: Hertfordshire
  • District / Borough: North Hertfordshire
  • Parish: Letchworth Garden City
  • Parliamentary Constituency: North East Hertfordshire
  • Region: East of England

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Occupied/in use
  • Priority: A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: A
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II*, CA

Contact Details

Malcolm Starr 01223 582723

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England