Redecoration and Refurbishment of The Palace

In the late summer of 2009 there was a significant refurbishment to the entrance hall of The Palace and the stairway and the main lobby. The blue room and the bar were totally redecorated. Some of that work was carried out by those connected with The Palace and Lytham St Annes Masonic Club.

This project was financed and managed jointly by St. Annes Palace Ltd and LSAMC. As a part of this programme the Steward`s flat on the second floor, was substantially improved.

The redecoration work is very plain to see by all members of Quadrant Lodge and their guests and by all Masons who visit The Palace and the range of improvements seems to have been welcomed by all.

Everyone will notice the installation of the wonderful stained glass panels at the top of the stairs, which are equally visible from in the lobby area.

Stained Glass

These panels, all depicting Masonic symbols were originally commissioned and paid for by Squire Clifton and installed in The County & Commercial Hotel in Lytham in the 1920`s. That was where his lodge, Lodge of Triumph 1016 held its meetings.

Some years later these impressive panels were removed because of alteration at the County Hotel and preserved due to the efforts of W. Bro Danny Chester. They were then purchased by St.Annes Palace Ltd.

Some years later a Lady Mason, who lived locally, and who was Grand Officer heard about the existence of these panels and as a result, some Lady Masons came from London to St Annes with a view to buying them.

Many will think that it is marvellous that they are now out of storage, re-sited and adding so much to the ambience of The Palace.

Interestingly there is still (January 2010) old and very weathered sandstone plaque of the side of the County Hotel which features Masonic Symbols - a square and compasses, although these are not easy to see.

As a part of this project the entrance to St.Annes Market was much improved and some of the stall-holders helped with that. It’s a reflection of changing times that although every stall in the market is currently let, not one sells any fresh food or food products.