FREEMASONS TO INSTALL THEIR OWN “BLUE PLAQUE” AT STANWELL ROAD

The new "blue plaque" is displayed to freemasons in a cerermony at Penarth Masonic Hall by the Provincial Grand Master of South Wales Freemasons Gareth Jones OBE

The new “blue plaque” is displayed to freemasons in a ceremony at Penarth Masonic Hall by the Provincial Grand Master of South Wales Freemasons Gareth Jones OBE

A blue plaque – similar to those installed on buildings associated with prominent or historic people – is to be installed on the external walls of Penarth Masonic Hall in Stanwell Road to mark the establishment of Freemasonry in Penarth in 1878.

The new plaque was displayed to members prior to being installed on the exterior wall of the Masonic Hall

The new plaque was displayed to members prior to being installed on the exterior wall of the Masonic Hall

The plaque was displayed  to members at a special ceremony by the Provincial Grand Master of South Wales Freemasons, Gareth Jones OBE, prior to its being attached to the outside wall of the building .

The hand-painted plaque bears the Provincial Crest of South Wales Freemasons, the Tercentenary dates 1717 -2017, and carries the inscription “Freemasons have held meetings in Penarth since 1878″.

The plaque denotes the 300th anniversary of the establishment of Freemasonry in South Wales and the foundation of the first lodge in Penarth in 1878.

The Penarth Masonic Hall, the Windsor Rooms, in Stanwell Road, Penarth. The plaque will be installed on the front wall of the building

The Penarth Masonic Hall, the Windsor Rooms, in Stanwell Road, Penarth. The plaque will be installed on the wall of the building – the brick front section of which was a later addition

The current Penarth Masonic Hall in Stanwell Road was opened 90 years ago – prior to which local Freemasons met in the lodge building at Station Approach (subsequently the British Legion) and also in a house near the Railway Pub. There are 160 lodges in South Wales – 9 of which are based in Penarth.

The installation of the new “blue plaque” is part of a national scheme celebrating 300 years since the formation of the United Grand Lodge in 1717.

This blue plaque is not to be confused with a similar “blue plaque” scheme originally mooted by Penarth Town Council in 2007 but which remained dormant until 2013 when the council proposed re-activating it.

Other plaques already erected in Penarth are on teh former homes of "Dambusters" hero Wing Cdr Guy Gibson and Welsh arsonist and Plaid Cymru founder Saunders Lewis whjo burned down an RAF bombing school on the Lleyn Peninsula prior to WW2

Other plaques already erected in Penarth are on the former homes of “Dambusters” hero Wing Cdr Guy Gibson V.C. in Archer Road and Welsh nationalist convicted arsonist and Plaid Cymru founder Saunders Lewis who burned down an RAF bombing school on the Lleyn Peninsula prior to WW2

The council scheme was to mark buildings associated with prominent individuals in the town. The location of each plaque was to be determined by  a panel representing the Council,  the Penarth Civic Society and the Penarth Local History Society.

The plaque erected by Plaid Cymru on the former home of party founder and convicted arsonist Saunders Lewis was not a council-sponsored plaque.

 

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2 Responses to FREEMASONS TO INSTALL THEIR OWN “BLUE PLAQUE” AT STANWELL ROAD

  1. I’m appalled to read that there is a blue plaque in Penarth commemorating a common criminal. It should be removed immediately.

  2. Big Davey says:

    Surely, as it is a secret society, the plaque should be on the wall on the inside of the ‘temple’? 😉

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