The Masonic Hall
St Kew Lodge No. 1222
Regular meetings: the first Tuesday at 18.30hrs Jan, Feb, Mar, May, Jun,
Oct, Nov, Dec.
Installation meeting: the first Tuesday at 16.30hrs Apr.
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In the story of Weston-super-Mare there is an old and oft
repeated tradition that the adjoining village of Kewstoke was named
after St. Kew. He, it was said, was a hermit who lived in a cell, the
ruins of which may still be traced, in a ravine climbed by a long flight
of stone steps leading from Kewstoke Church to the top of Worle Hill.
The ravine is known as the "Pass of St. Kew" or Monks-Steps
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The St. Kew Lodge was consecrated in the year 1868, when
Weston-super-Mare was a small town of some 10,000 inhabitants; it is the
daughter Lodge of the Lodge of Agriculture, No. 1199. The Lodge first
met at the ‘Assembly Rooms’ and of the seven Petitioners for the Lodge,
four were Bristol Freemasons and from the first nine officers invested,
no less than six were members of Bristol Lodges; the formation of St.
Kew owed much to Brethren from Bristol. Within a year, the Lodge had
moved to the York Hotel and then to the 'Old Town Hall', one of the
oldest buildings in the town, which despite much money being spent to
refurbish it, was “ Causing the brethren some anxiety”; a return to the
York Hotel was the outcome.
In 1880, a purpose built building was approved and the Deputy Provincial
Grand Master, Richard Charles Else, consecrated it in 1881. This
imposing building situated in the Boulevard was used continuously for
the next 28 years during which time, in 1904, it was thought justified
to form a second Craft Lodge and so in 1906, the King Alfred Lodge, No.
3169 was born.
Now that two Lodges were occupying the building, even one that was
especially built for Masonic purposes, the majority of the brethren
considered it necessary to secure larger premises.
Little time was lost and the Boulevard building was sold to the
Weston-super-Mare and District Constitutional Club Limited for £4000,
the last Ceremony took place on 2nd June 1908. Meanwhile, the new
building was nearing completion and on 1st October 1908, the new Masonic
Centre was Consecrated. This present site has been occupied ever since
and now contains: Seven Craft Lodges, two Royal Arch Chapters, one Mark
Lodge, two Rose Croix Chapters and one Knight Templar Preceptory.
On November 5th 1879, it was agreed to purchase a Lodge Banner, and the
Lodge worked under this banner for the next 121 years. Eventually, due
to old age, the banner was honourably retired being replaced by a new
and similar design. On Tuesday 4th January 2000, R. W. Bro, Stanley H.
A. F. Hopkins, the Provincial Grand Master for Somerset, assisted by the
Somerset Provincial Team and the W. Master of St. Kew, W. Bro. Patrick
N. Morrisey dedicated the new Banner. The Banner was made by Mrs Joan
Lake of Weston-super-Mare whose Husband Tony is an Officer of the Lodge.
Illustrated here is the Golden Key used to
ceremonially open the new Masonic Centre in 1908.