Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex

Viatores Lodge No. 4252

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In 1921 The Grand Master was the M.W. Bro. His Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught & Strathern, Earl of Sussex.

The Provincial Grand Master in the Province of Sussex was R.W. Bro. His Grace the Duke of Richmond and Gordon.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master in the Provence of Sussex was W. Bro. Major R. Lawrence Thornton C.B.E. D.L., P.G.Deacon

In the early months of 1921 just over 92 years ago a number of Brethren from the Worthing Lodge of Friendship No.851 which was consecrated in 1861 submitted to the Grand Master a petition which was signed by the Master and both Wardens of Worthing Lodge of Friendship (Worthing Lodge of Friendship No. 851 our Mother Lodge).

Authority was granted from Grand Lodge for a new Lodge to be consecrated in Worthing.  The Founder Brethren were in the habit of travelling from Worthing every day to their places of business in London and elsewhere, and it must have been an almost natural consequence of their journeys that the new Lodge should be called VIATORES – the Lodge of Travellers.

The Lodge was to meet seven times per year with Regular Meetings being held on the second Saturday of September, October, November, December, January, February and March at the Steyne Hotel, Worthing.  In 1923 the number of regular meetings were reduced by deleting September and thereby October through to April became the official masonic year for the lodge.

The Lodge was consecrated on Saturday 7th May 1921 at the Connaught Hall, Worthing. The meeting commenced at 4:00pm.

There were 7 Consecrating Officers, 12 Lodge Founders and 96 visitors at the Consecration Festive Board.

Extracts from 'The First Years' – A brief history of Viatores Lodge No. 4252

written by W.Bro. J.J.Clark, PProvJGD

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