Listed Buildings in Ipswich: No 22 Freemasons Hall
Although my grandfather and also my father-in-law were both lodge members – although not of the Ipswich one – I profess little or no knowledge of Freemasonry, although I was vaguely aware that the late Sir Alf Ramsey was a mason, a notion confirmed by this article that highlights a few of the links between masonry and our national game. And with six million masons worldwide there are, no doubt, many many others.
So Sir Alf, along with Jackie Milburn, another former Town manager, were both masons. Sir Alf, who left Ipswich in 1963 to manage the national side was succeeded as England manager by Joe Mercer, another mason, who in turn was succeeded by Don Revie and then Ron Greenwood, also masons, for four in a row. Hugh Johns, ITV’s man with the mic during their early forays into live football coverage, and the voice of the commercial channel at the 1966 World Cup Final, was an active mason as was Sir Stanley Rous, one time president of FIFA!
The 19th century Freemasons Hall is another listed building that sits directly south of Christchurch Park and Mansion.