Masonic Hall

Masonic Hall, Dalkeith
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Masonic Hall, Dalkeith

Recognised as the oldest purpose-built lodge room in the world, which is still in use today, the Dalkeith Masonic Lodge lies at the end of Old High School Close on the northwest side of the High Street. Built in 1766, although almost completely obscured by white-harled additions dating from 1939, the original meeting room remains largely intact. The lodge was founded in 1724 making it the youngest of Dalkeith's Trade Guilds, but the only one still in existence.

The rectangular lodge room contains numerous items of memorabilia, including a substantial statue of St. Andrew on the cross by Sir John Steell (1804-91) which was originally the property of the North British Fire and Life Insurance Company, whose building on Princes Street, Edinburgh, burned down.

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