Ashwell House

Ashwell House

George Ashwell

Situated near the centre of St Albans in Hertfordshire, Ashwell House is an historic building. It was built in c:1840
by Mr George Ashwell a Solicitor relocating his family from Nottingham to be nearer London.

In July 1929 it was sold to the “Society for the Overseas Settlement of British Women” of Caxton House, London
for £2500 and became a residential establishment for the training of young ladies for British Embassies, Consulates and other purposes.

In December 1934, John Charles Herbert Lewis, Alderman of the City, and one-time Mayor, and William George Marshall of “Copthorne”, Britton Avenue, who was the Town Clerk for the City of St. Albans, together bought Ashwell House for the princely sum of £750. Both these men were Masons, and their purpose was to find a dedicated Masonic meeting place rather than use the Assembly Room at the Town Hall.

Today the building is a meeting place for more than 100 Freemason Lodges and Orders in Hertfordshire. It is owned by its members and managed by a Board of Directors as a Limited Company. It has an extensive Bar and Lounge area, with all catering needs being provided in partnership with Martina’s of Harpenden.


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