Crescamus Celebrates Tercentenary

On Saturday 24 June 2017, members of Crescamus Lodge, Croydon joined in the Tercentenary Celebrations marking 300 years of the first Grand Lodge. As part of a contingent from the Foundation Club, they joined a tour led by Mike Neville, from the Royal Exchange in the heart of the City of London, towards Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden.

Goose and Gridiron

Of particular interest was the site (or near to) where the first Grand Lodge was formed. Four London Lodges met at the Goose and Gridiron on 24 June 1717 where they formed a Grand Lodge to govern Freemasonry in England.

Plaque in St Paul's Cathedral Courtyard commemorating the First Grand Lodge of English Freemasons in 1717

Whilst the Goose and Gridiron no longer stands, the tour visited the Old Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street. The historic inn, having been rebuilt in 1667 is the closest building left in London to the Goose and Gridiron, with twisty winding stairways and small bars scattered throughout.

The Tour took in all the historic elements of the City of London which played an important role in the formation of Freemasonry as we know it today. From The Guildhall to St. Paul’s Cathedral; the Old Bailey to the Temple Church. The tour concluded in Covent Garden and the modern home of Freemasonry, Freemasons Hall on Great Queen Street.

Members of the Foundation Club and the Widows Sons outside Grand Lodge marking the Tercentenary

From there they stopped for lunch and were treated to a warm welcome from the Masonic Bikers organisation, The Widows Sons outside Freemasons Hall.