United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

Freemasons - Shrine

Our Ref: 11339

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Address

Freemasons Hall
Great Queen St
Holborn
GREATER LONDON
England
WC2B 5AZ
 
Type:Shrine
Other Location Details:

On the first floor

OS Map Ref:TO 290 830

Inscription

Window: 1914 1918

Casket: 1914 In God w trust 1918

Scroll: (Names)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
SHRINEBRONZE   Good
WindowSTAINED GLASS   Good
FIGURESBRONZE   Good

Physical Description

Shrine formed of a stained glass window with a bronze casket placed beneath it. It is flanked by two tapering columns and it stands on two steps which have two art deco style column lights placed at either side.

The window is formed of nine coloured glass sections depicting Peace through Sacrifice. In the centre section is the figure of Peace holding a model of the tower facade of Freemason Hall. Figures flank her and below her are two winged angels standing with bowed heads and swords reversed. In the bottom left and right hand sections are service personnel.

The casket sits on an Egyptian boat to represent the final voyage of the dead up the Nile. The prow of the boat can be seen going through a bed of reeds. Winged Seraphims with trumpets stand at the corners of the casket with four gilded figures of Moses the Law Giver, Joshua the Warrior High Priest, Soloman the Wise and St George of England on the front face. At the centre of the front is a roundel in which the Soul of Man rests in the hand of God.

Set into the top of the casket behind a glazed aperture is a vellum scroll listing the names of the dead. It can be rolled forward or backward using a handle. Each name is arranged according to the Brother's Mother Lodge. At each corner of the aperture are placed kneeling bronze figures with heads bowed representing the four main services in which Brethren were engaged, namely the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Flying Corps and the Merchant Navy.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned?
Died?
Is this an exact count?Not known
Other relevant InformationDetails of name list not known/partially known
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Freemasons

Maintenance History:

Ceremonies

Not known

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type:None
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
WALTER HENRY GILBERTArchitect

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

An hourly tour is offered free of charge.
A leaflet entitled "Freemasons' Hall" gives more information, or
Tel: 020 7831 9811

Comments: 
Photographs:Y
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:O
Negatives:Yes
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Postcards:1