ISSUE 10, July 2004
John Pine: A sociable craftsman
Jumping for Joy: Skydiving for charity
Quarterly Communication: Speeches of: the Grand Master, the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Address of the First Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes
Royal Arch: Cheshire gives a lead
  Walking with the greats: Bath Masonic Hall
Motoring in style: Classic Vehicle Club
Masonic education: A daily advancement and Events for your diary
Travel: Portugal
Library & Museum of Freemasonry
International: A warm welcome in Malta
Masonic ritual: Spoilt for choice
Public relations: Sheffield; Dorset; Chelsea Flower Show; Freemasons' Hall
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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A warm welcome in Malta

Freemasonry in Malta has an
ancient history and also provides
a warm welcome for Masonic
visitors, as John Morris explains
The home of the Masonic Hall in Valletta is the Casa Viani. Known popularly among its members as No. 6&7, it is a two-storied building constructed in the Italian tradition during the time of the Knights of Malta and dates from c.1650.
     Walter Rodwell Wright, Chief Justice of Malta from 1814–1826, founded the Lodge of St. John and St. Paul No. 349 in 1815. He was the first Master of the Lodge and Provincial Grand Master of Malta and the Mediterranean from 1815–1826.
     Lodge meetings were held in Strait Street, Valletta during the 19th & 20th centuries until the acquisition of Casa Viani in 1907 by Deputy District Grand Master A. M. Macfarlane on a 25-year lease for use as a Masonic hall.
     During the time of the Knights of Malta, the owner or tenant of Casa Viani lived on the upper floor or ‘Piano Nobile’, whilst the ground floor or ‘Piano Terreno’ was occupied by the domestic staff.
     Access between the two floors was by a winding staircase at the back of the building, parts of which can still be seen to this day. The original main entrance to the Piano Nobile was by a flight of steps cut into the rock, which blocked the seaward end of a cul-de-sac – Strada San Michelle – leading out of Strada Ponente, which is now called West Street.