One of Surrey’s oldest heritage buildings, Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1471, has been torn down.
Its lifetime spanned three centuries and it survived a move to Surrey Centre Cemetery, where it sat for two decades awaiting restoration.
Last week, with no rescuer on the horizon and its walls bowing with rot, the hall was torn down by the City of Surrey.
Built in 1891, the hall was one of the last surviving institutional buildings from Surrey’s pioneer past, serving an important role in the settlement and further development of the city’s culture as the focus of community life for early protestant settlers.