History

As a tribute to one of our Brothers, who gave his life in the Great War, we have put together some fact about his life and death.  Follow this link to learn more about Rupert E Everitt 

Our lodge has an interesting and colourful past.

Family Tree for Lodge 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The United Industrious Lodge 31 was formed in Canterbury in 1819 by the union of two lodges that existed at that time in the city.

The two lodges were the Industrious Lodge whose number at that time was 416 and Lodge 37 formed under the Atholl constitution. (whose original number was 24.)

The Industrious Lodge was warranted on 28th November 1776, by the Regular Grand Lodge – known as the moderns, and held its meetings at the Fleece Inn. Its original number was 498, four years later it became 403, in 1781 it became 404, and in 1792 it became 326 – this number it retained until the union of the two grand lodges in 1813 when it became 416.

On March 24th 1806 another lodge was formed in Canterbury under the Atholl constitution, – warranted by The Grand Lodge of The Ancients, its number being 24. The lodge number 24 originally belonged to a Bristol Lodge, which was warranted in 1753 and held its meetings in The Edinburgh Castle Inn, Marsh Street, Bristol; but this lodge lapsed its meetings in about 1765 and its number was adopted by the Canterbury lodge. In 1813 with the union of the two grand lodges the number of this lodge in Canterbury was revised and became 37.

Both lodges continued to meet separately in the City of Canterbury, but by 1816 membership of both had fallen, and lodge 37 suggested to their sister lodge that they might profitably join forces. This proposition was initially not acceded to, however, 3 years later in 1819 they did decide to form a working union under the title of United Industrious Lodge – with the first joint meet held on 8th April 1819 in the Saracen’s Head Pub (now demolished).

In 1832 the lodge number became 34 and in 1863 intimation was secured from the Most Worshipful Grand Master, the Earl of Zetland, that the lodge would in future stand on the register of the United Grand Lodge of England as 31.

In the minutes of January 1877 it was proposed “that the lodge cordially recommends that a Royal Arch Chapter should be attached to it”. This was formed as Bertha Chapter No 31, which still meets today.

Two years later on 16th December 1878, permission for the members to wear a centenary jewel was granted by The Most Worshipful Grand Master, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and a centenary warrant was issued.

Is was in the same year that the three lodges in Canterbury – United Industrious, St Augustine and Royal Military decided to construct a temple at 38 St Peters Street, Canterbury. Foundations were laid on March 8th 1880. The temple has been in continuous use since and we meet there regularly to this day.

In December 1978 the United Industrious Lodge 31 celebrated its 200th meeting of continuous freemasonry in Canterbury..

Compiled from Lodge records with some further details from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Freemasonry

As more information comes to light I will be posting them here.

Currently you can download a lecture given on 2nd December 1926 – to mark the 150th Anniversary or our lodge. Unfortunately the quality is poor but you can still just read it – remember it was hand typed on foolscap paper nearly 100 years ago! And then badly photocopied – before I scanned it … the file size is large so may take a while to upload.
There is also a similar hand written account of this lecture from 1926.
Here are two versions of the lecture given for the 200th anniversary in December 1976 – both hand written and very slightly different. V1
Here are two versions of the lecture given for the 200th anniversary in December 1976 – both hand written and very slightly different. V2
Historic Canterbury have some interesting facts about the opening of the ‘new’ temple at St Peters Street.
Interesting link to The Freemasonry Nationl Archives held at Great Queen Street in London.
Further links at the National Archives.
Link to Lane’s Masonic Records – showing meeting places for Lodge 31 since 1806 in Canterbury District
Document giving a Brief History of the Kent Museum and Library in Canterbury
Details of Charles Purton Cooper QC a Lodge 31 member from 1852 and a Provicial Grand Master Mark Mason in the Province of Kent
Laying the corner-stone
Interior of the Lodge dating from 1900s