Sunday, March 22, 2009
On 24, June 1717, four London Lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern, St. Paul's Churchyard and declared themselves to be a Grand Lodge. The first Grand Master of the newly formed Grand Lodge was Anthony Sayer. Shortly afterward, the installation of Nobles as Grand Master increased the influence of the Grand Lodge across Great Britain. Three Kings of Great Britain have been Grand Masters: George IV (Hanover), King Edward VII (Sax Coburg) and King George VI (Windsor). Presently, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent is Grand Master of The United Grand Lodge of England. Built in the twenties, The United Grand Lodge of England's Headquarters in London, England is more than just a beautiful building with an overbuilt foundation which mimics that of an American Skyscraper. It is a Shrine to the Masonic Dead of World War I. The foundation of the Grand Lodge building is so strong that during the German Air raids of World War II, the building did not shift or move...much like Brother Winston Churchill's leadership.
The above pictures show the impressive approach to the Grand Lodge of England from Covent Garden. Yes, those are blue skies. A rarity.
Gate City II is a Regular Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons working under the jurisdiction of The Grand Lodge of Georgia. Our regular meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays January – May, September – November, the 2nd Tuesday in June, August and December and the 4th Tuesday in July. We meet at the Atlanta Masonic Center (formerly The Atlanta Masonic Temple) 1690 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309