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east

The beautiful temple in Hull's Masonic Hall is a magnificent room of blue and white. Facing you in the east is a huge semi-circular arch, which is inscribed with the letters ITNOTGAOTU. It appears at first sight to run from floor to ceiling and down again, but close inspection reveals that it is supported by two black and gold pillars coming out of the North and South walls.

The white stonework of this arch is so slender that is hardly disrupts the continuity of the blue ceiling of the main part of the room with the blue half dome of the apse, which extends further to the east, supported by an imposing arrangement of another four 20ft high black and gold pillars.

ceiling

The blue draped curtains behind the chairs in the East add to the effect already created by the ceilings. The overall design gives a real sense of the blue infinity of the firmament and this is further enhanced by the massive circle on the main ceiling, depicting the twelve zodiac figures with their stars in their constellations all round.

At the four corners of this blue expanse are the sun, the moon and stars, a skull and crossbones, and the united pick, shovel and crowbar: emblems of the various degrees.

west

Around the whole room, there runs a frieze with Latin inscriptions in gold lettering: Audi Vide Tace - Fiat Lux Et Lux Fuit - Quaerite Et Invenietis - Lumen Ingens Oriente Lucet Ubi Pax Et Silentium Regnant - Lux Lucet Tenebris Sed Tenebrae Non Eam Comprehenderunt. Finally, the West of the temple is dominated by the very imposing (and well-tuned, I have been informed!) pipe-organ.

The Masonic Hall in Dagger Lane, Kingston-upon-Hull, the home of Minerva Lodge No. 250, has been in constant use since 1804 and is one of the oldest purpose-built Masonic Halls in continuous occupation in the country. It has been declared a protected building of major historical value and is a true visitor's delight.