We hope that our website will tell you more about Freemasonry in general and the Province of Warwickshire in particular. Within this Province we have around 4,100 members meeting in 190 Lodges at 17 different locations. This will enable you to find somewhere close to where you live or work.
Royal Arch masonry is part of the world’s oldest secular fraternal society, with members spread over all the Earth’s surface. It is fitting that such an Institution should have International representation, and the World Wide Web allows us as Freemasons to be represented Internationally and can be a major tool in the process of better in forming the public about Freemasonry.
This is a very old degree, with some indication that it existed in Scotland as early as 1599, although early evidence really only starts with documentation in the Craft Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham showing that it was being worked in the 1750’s. The first available mention of English Mark activity in surviving minutes is recorded for 1st September 1769
The legend of Noah, his sons, the Ark and the Deluge were enacted in the Mystery Plays of the seventeenth century and continued as catechisms in many of the early Masonic rituals. By the 1750s there was a Degree of Noachites or Prussian Knights. However, the first authentic record of the degree appears in the minutes of a meeting held in Bath in 1790. Numerous records exist throughout the country of the ceremony of Elevation being performed since that date.
The necessary qualifications for membership are for the applicant to be of high moral standing, to be willing to sign the prescribed declaration that he professes the Trinitarian Christian faith and to have been a Master Mason for twelve months or more. There is no requirement for an applicant to be a member of any other Order and nor does an interested Mason need to wait to be invited to apply for membership.
One of the oldest social and charitable organisations in the world, the roots of modern Freemasonry lie with the medieval stonemasons that built our castles and cathedrals, yet it is as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago. Freemasonry provides a structure for members to come together under these common goals, enabling people to make new friendships, develop themselves and make valuable contributions to charitable causes. We are one of the largest charitable givers in the country, contributing more than £48 million to deserving causes in 2018.