The Origins of Freemasonry and

The stanhope lodge

by W Bro Stanley Tuckman PAGDC

The Flask Lodge

It was during this period of conflict that the Flask Lodge, meeting at the Flask Tavern, Ebury Square, came into existence under a Warrant of Constitution issued by the Modern (or Premier) Grand Lodge. The consecration of this lodge took place on 24th July 1765. In 1786 the Flask Lodge moved from the Flask Tavern to a coffee house in Cheney Walk, Chelsea, close to St. Luke’s Church and later the same year the Lodge was renamed St. Luke’s Lodge, it presumably being thought that it was more decorous to be named after a Church than a Tavern. Through the period of its early existence the Lodge had several numbers, but in 1863 it was re-numbered 144, which number it still bears today. Many great Lodges owe their own existence to the sponsorship of descendants of St. Luke’s Lodge, which being formed in 1765, and was operating long before the creation of the United Grand Lodge. It is to this early Lodge that the Stanhope is directly related as a Great Granddaughter. In 1809 a Lodge of Promulgation was warranted by the Modern Grand Lodge with the view to reconciling the differences which had arisen in 1730 and subsequently, between the two Grand Lodges, and by 1811 when this Lodge was closed, the Grand Lodges of the Moderns and the Ancients were ready for the Union. This took place on 27th December 1813, under the Grand Mastership of HRH the Duke of Sussex and the title of the United Grand Lodge of England was assumed. In 1844 the St. Luke’s Lodge gave birth to the first of eight daughter lodges. This was called the Zetland Lodge No.511, so named after the Earl of Zetland the Grand Master. The Zetland Lodge had seven daughter lodges, the first being named the Beadon Lodge No.619, which was consecrated in 1853, being a Granddaughter of St. Luke’s. Five years later, in 1858 the first of Beadon’s seven daughter lodges was consecrated under the name William Preston Lodge No.766, so called after that famous Masonic educator and lecturer. Eleven years later, for us the most important event of all occurred, with the birth of Beadon’s second daughter lodge in 1869.

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