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England’s Freemasons: Modern Times

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The two World Wars had taken their toll on English Freemasonry.  Between 1918-1921 some 350 new lodges were created, and between 1945-1948 a further 600 new lodges came into existence.  Many of the new lodges had been created by servicemen wishing to continue the camaraderie, which they had built up in service to their country.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

In 1902, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill, was initiated into the Freemason order.  He would be remembered as England’s Prime Minister of the Second World War, seeing us through to victory.  In 1965 he died, the streets of London were crowded, as the people turned out to honour him, with a military funeral, befitting a great statesman of our time.

In 1926, the Salvation Army issued a communication to its officers, expressing opposition to secret societies.

King George VI and Freemason became King of England in 1936, crowned in 1937, and in 1938 invested as Past Grand Master of Freemasonry.

In the English Magazine of 1951, entitled “Theology” the Rev Walton Hannah published an article entitled; “Should a Christian be a Freemason?  The article created a storm within the Anglican Church.  In 1954, he went on to publish his anti-Masonic book; “Masons by Degrees.”

In 1957, the English Court ruled that Freemasonry was not a religion.

On the 14th June 1967, the Grand Lodge celebrated its 250th anniversary.

On the 18th March 1968, a meeting took place in London, to discuss the relationship between Freemasons and the Roman Catholic Church between Harry Carr and Cardinal Heenan.  The result of the meeting, anti-Masonic tracts sold in London’s Roman Catholic Churches, were removed from its shelves.

In January of 1970, the Scottish Rite released its first issue of the Northern Light Magazine.

King Edward VIII and Freemason died in 1972, he who abdicated England’s throne in 1936, to marry a divorced woman; Wallis Simpson.

On the 10th June 1992, some 12,500 Freemasons gathered to celebrate the 275th anniversary of the Grand Lodge.

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