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The Preceptory of St. Hilary No. 184


Established 30th November 1906

Meeting Dates: 2nd Saturday in January, April, and September

Installation: January

Meeting at:

The Masonic Temple,
27 Clifton Road,
CH41 2SF

0151 647 6584

For further information regarding how to join please contact the Registrar
c/o St. Hilary Preceptory, at the above address.

This Preceptory, named after St. Hilary of Poitiers, a Bishop in Gaul during the 4th century, was consecrated  on 12th January 1907 at the Hotel Victoria, New Brighton. Present were 29 Visitors.

Over the years, prominent members have included:  the first Lord Leverhulme;  Joseph Wainwright, an Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 1937 and Provincial Sub Prior in 1951;  two Provincial Grand Masters, Arthur Alexander Johnstone and Francis Henwood Ashcroft,  both of whom also attained high Office in the Order as Great Constables;  Denis Macrae Kevan, Grand Treasurer, Assistant Provincial Grand Master,  and Inspector General of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for Province of Cheshire.

The Preceptory moved from the Hotel Victoria New Brighton in 1919 to the Masonic Rooms in Hamilton Street,  Birkenhead, and then in 1923 to Clifton Road, Birkenhead, where it celebrated its centenary on the 13th January 2007,  coincidentally on the festival of St. Hilary, when a new Preceptory Banner was dedicated, depicting St. Hilary in traditional pose wearing his mitre, holding a staff, and standing with his foot on a serpent.

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