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History of the Lodge


Here you will find pictures and documents relating to the history of Coveham Lodge,
from its inception in 1920 to the present day.

As a starting point, why not read "The Birth and Infant Nurture of Coveham Lodge"? This was a talk given
by the Lodge Secretary, W. Bro. Nigel Bennett, PPGReg at the Installation Meeting of the Lodge on 2nd March, 2011.

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From the same pen comes a most interesting dissertation entitled "Of Medals, Motorcycles & Masonry", which is the
full version of the lecture that W. Bro. Nigel delivered at the Lodge Meeting on 2nd March 2016. It relates the story
of three of the Lodge's past members, including the man who held multiple world land speed records. A "must read" item.

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The Lodge has acquired an unusual item from its history - one of the seven Consecrating Officer's Jewels issued in 1921
at the birth of Coveham Lodge.
It was discovered in a sale on eBay, originating in a collection of similar items in a rather unexpected location,
Wiesbaden in Germany. How it got there one may only conjecture, but judging from the other jewels on sale
it was in the collection of an individual whose specific interest was Consecration and Founder's medals.

The jewel is made from sterling silver, gilded, and as shown below is the usual Lodge Jewel as bestowed on Past Masters
at the end of their year in office, though in this case appended to a royal blue ribbon with the clasp bar bearing the words
"CONSG OFFICER".





The ribbon has faded on the front side, which is probably the result of the medal being displayed in a case for
some time, as it is unlikely that normal wear by the Officer who owned it could possibly result in such fading.

A closer examination of the hallmark reveals the date the medal was struck (1920) as well as the sterling hallmark
and that of London (a leopard's head). There is also the maker's mark, that of Harry Bladon, who was a partner in
Bladon and Humphreys of Great Queen Street and Clerkenwell Road in London (founded 1865 by Harry's father, Joseph),
and the names "Bladon" and "London" are also stamped into the obverse of the medal.




Coveham Lodge was Consecrated at 4.30 p.m. on 31st January 1921 at Mark Masons Hall, Great Queen Street. The seven
Consecrating Officers who took the roles of Lodge Officers at the Consecration were as follows:

The R W Provincial Grand Master of Surrey, Rev Canon H. W. Turner, MA, PGChap.
W Bro G. H. Redwood, PGD, DepProvGM (Surrey)
W Bro Dr A. Foote, ProvSGW (acting as SW)
W Bro G. V. A. Schofield, ProvGSec (acting as JW)
W Bro Rev J. W. St Clare-Hill, PAGChap (acting as Chaplain)
W Bro G. R. Saunders, PAGDC (acting as DC)
W Bro W. H. Meyrick, PAGSuptWks (acting as IG)

It is not known whose medal has come into the Lodge's possession, as they were not indiviually marked. 23 of the 27
Founders attended the meeting.

We are looking for a Founder's Medal - if anyone can supply one or point us in the right direction, we would be most grateful!

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Ladies' Night, 1933

Recognise anyone? Please let us know (click on picture for a bigger image).


Last updated: 20 March 2014