We are fortunate that in Warrington Masonic Hall we have a set of Master and Wardens throne chairs for each of the three temples, the chair styles span 3 centuries.
In the small temple we have a set of Georgian chairs in the style of Thomas Chippendale, dating to circa 1790.
In the Large temple there are a set from the 1930’s made by Waring and Gillow.
In the New temple there is a set extended to include 2 deacons and an inner guard’s chair, making a set of 6, there is also a prayer or kneeling stool which is currently in use in the small temple. The principal Officer’s Chairs from this set are shown at top of this blog.
The Gilbert Greenall Lodge 1250, was consecrated at the Masonic rooms (Nags Head Hotel Sankey St) on 12th April1869
They, along with their mother Lodge the Lodge of Lights 148 met in that post house hotel (The Warrington Museum has it listed as the Druids meeting rooms)
Eventually in 1893 the Lodge of Lights who held the tenancy agreement for the rooms decided to relocate to St. Austin Chambers on Bold Street, because of the higher rental charges Gilbert Greenall Lodge declined the offer of moving to the same venue, and instead took up residence in the assembly rooms at the Lion Hotel on Bridge St.
Prior to this parting of the ways both Lodges had used the Georgian chairs belonging to the Lodge of Lights, but now 1250 had no throne chairs to use in the Lion Hotel, this problem was resolved when the principle officers, Master, Wardens, Deacons and inner Guard, offered to purchase their respective seats (each chair has a silver plaque attached with the donors name) the kneeling stool was purchased by another Brother.
Following an exploratory visit to London by the brethren the chairs in the Victorian Gothic style, were ordered from George Kenning.
The set is enhanced with pedestals for the Master and Wardens.
The chairs have done magnificent service for over 100 years, but now probably due to central heating, the glue holding the chair joints has become brittle and the joints loose, it was essential that remedial work was carried out not only to protect the chair but a small matter of health and safety.
For further information on the project to restore these chairs, see the Gilbert Greenall Chair Restoration Project under the ‘Projects’ in the menu above, or click the link below:Visit our Projects page