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Brofästet Temperance Hall

The first Swedish lodge of the International Order of Good Templars was formed in Gothenburg in 1879, inspired by the American lodges. The Good Templars demanded “total abstinence from intoxicating liquors”.

The Brofästet Temperance Hall (Ordenshuset Brofästet) comes from Tierp in Uppland. It was built in 1895 and affiliated to the International Order of Good Templars (IOGT).

Initially the lodge was a simple timber building painted in the traditional Swedish red. In 1911 a glazed two-storey veranda was added while the outside was covered with boarding painted yellow.

The ground floor consisted of a large meeting room, a kitchen, refreshment room and a projection room for showing films. On the upper floor was the library. Members would converse and drink coffee on the glazed veranda.
During the 1920s a stage was added on to one end of the building allowing theatrical productions to take place.

In the early 19th century there was a copious consumption of spirits in Sweden. This caused many of the educated middle classes to begin preaching temperance. One of these was Peter Wieselgren, a priest in the Swedish Church, whose work was of great importance in persuading parliament to prohibit the distillation of spirits in the home in 1855.

The temperance movement gradually grew into an influential popular movement in Sweden, embracing several different organizations. The first Swedish lodge of the International Order of Good Templars was formed in Gothenburg in 1879, inspired by the American lodges. The Good Templars demanded “total abstinence from intoxicating liquors”.

The movement grew rapidly; by 1910 there were 160 000 members. Lodges were built all over the country and these had a great bearing on culture and entertainment, especially in the countryside.


1914-1945

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