Walnut Tree Lodge

Lodge Number: 5192
Consecration: 24 July 1930
Meeting Place: Halsey Masonic Hall – Cheshunt
Meeting Dates: 1st Saturday June (Installation)
3rd Saturday March
2nd Saturday September
2nd Saturday December

 

Several Brethren who resided in the Tottenham area of north London made a proposition, “That a regular Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted masons be formed and called the Northumberland Lodge to he held in the Province of Hertfordshire, if sanctioned by the Grand Master”. At first it appears odd that Brethren residing in Tottenham should decide to meet in Hertfordshire, but some of the Founders, for instance W. Bro’s A H Bowen and A H Sinyth, were Founders and Past Masters of Halsey Hall Lodge No. 4752. This Lodge had been formed to build a Masonic Home in South East Hertfordshire and Walnut Tree House, in Cheshunt, had been purchased.

Consternation must have reigned when a communication from the Grand Secretary stated that a Warrant had been granted under the name of Walnut Tree and allocated No. 5192. Whether the Lodge was called after Walnut Tree House is not known, but every indication is that it was. The documents relating to the sale of Walnut Tree House at the time of the setting up of the Centre are not available, but thanks to the Lodge of Faith for Duty No. 6833, the Conveyance for the earlier sale of the House has been donated to Walnut Tree Lodge. The details of that transaction are as follows:

On 29th November 1894, for the sum of £3000, Mr. Richard Cobley of Butts Cross Farm, Waltham Cross, purchased from a Mr. John Betts, a butcher of Knightsbridge, “all that messuage or tenements with the Lodge and buildings, yards, gardens, meadows, lands and appurtenances called or known by the name of ‘Walnut Tree House`. The property of two and a half acres with a frontage of 250 feet was eventually acquired for £3150 in 1929. The building first opened for Masonic purposes on 4th September 1930.