Consecrated on January 7th 1969 and formed as a “daughter” of The Manor of Chatham Lodge 4688, the lodge celebrated its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2019.
Like both our mother lodge and grandmother lodge, Lodge 20 – The Royal Kent Lodge of Antiquity, we practice the inimitable Antiquity workings.
Although we were not consecrated until January 1969, several years beforehand many of the Founders came together to lay down the strong foundations for the lodge. They met at several local hostelries from The Anchor in Abbey Street to The Ship in Ospringe, even holding one meeting at The Dover Castle in Teynham. However, the most popular venue was The Market Inn next to the Faversham recreation ground.
Even after the lodge was formed, committee meetings, Lodges of Instruction and interviews were held at The Market Inn.
The lodge was consecrated at The Masonic Hall, Franklin Road, Gillingham by The Right Worshipful the Provincial Grand Master of Kent, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Cornwallis. There were 30 Founders, who between them represented 20 lodges in Kent, Sussex, London, Essex and Nigeria and practiced 6 different Masonic rituals. However, as the lodge was sponsored by The Manor of Chatham Lodge 4688, we took on their Antiquity workings with a few modifications.
The original Master Charlie Northrop, or as he liked to known Charles W. Northrop, was an excellent and theatrical ritualist. Another of the founding lights of the lodge was ex Royal Marine and Medway police officer Bill Harris, Bill was a member of The Manor of Chatham Lodge and in the 1960’s was promoted to Chief Inspector in Faversham. Along with a selection of local businessmen the lodge had a strong contingent of Faversham’s police and publicans with George Fentiman (The Anchor, Abbey Street) and Frank Sandford (The Market Inn, East Street) both being Founders. At the time we were affectionately known in the town as the “Cops & Robbers” lodge.
Originally the lodge only used the temple for regular meetings. In addition to The Market Inn, festive boards were also held at The Ship Hotel, The Delbridge House Club and The Limes Hotel/The Chimney Boy.
The lodge’s first two meetings were double-firsts with January 1969 seeing Roy Christian and Neville Smith initiated, followed by Chris Philpott and Terry Tonks in February. As well as being our first home-grown Master, Chris (along with his officers) also carried out a Passing and Initiation on the same night in October 1977.