NORTH HERTFORDSHIRE MASONIC LODGE (THE CLOISTERS)

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1102019
Date first listed:
07-Sep-1979
Statutory Address:
NORTH HERTFORDSHIRE MASONIC LODGE (THE CLOISTERS), BARRINGTON ROAD

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Location

Statutory Address:
NORTH HERTFORDSHIRE MASONIC LODGE (THE CLOISTERS), BARRINGTON ROAD

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Hertfordshire
District:
North Hertfordshire (District Authority)
Parish:
Letchworth Garden City
National Grid Reference:
TL 22043 31427

Details

BARRINGTON ROAD 1. 5255 North Hertfordshire Masonic Lodge (The Cloisters) TL 23 SW 1/23 II* 2. 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

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
161838
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

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Date: 23 May 2004
Reference: IOE01/09309/19
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