It was built on land donated by Charles Marris for the purpose of building a temple for the Temperance movement (International Organisation of Good Templars). The Templars used the place and it was also the venue for Methodist Church services until 1898. In 1899 the Rev E Holliday purchased the building for the Freemasons. In 1924 an additional wing was constructed designed by architect and fellow Freemason, Percy Harrison. When the road was widened the front steps were demolished and the front door bricked up (original dressings around the opening are still visible).