400-Year-Old Masonic Secret Chamber Uncovered In Historic British Manor

Do the rituals of freemasonry go back further than anyone has realized? The BBC reports:

A secret chamber, hidden for 400 years and with possible links to early freemasonry, has been discovered.

The entrance to the room, which has plastered walls, was found inside a cupboard at the National Trust-owned house Canons Ashby, near Daventry. It is a paneled room with walls showing crests of local families and enigmatic symbols.

Laura Malpas, community manager of the trust, said there was “speculation” the room had been an early masonic lodge. Ms. Malpas said it was “a fascinating and puzzling space” with walls that include “frankly odd Latin texts.” She added: “There has been speculation that this room was used as an early form of Masonic lodge before Freemasonry was established in England some 130 years later in 1717.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/siaabd Sia Abderezai

    cool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/siaabd Sia Abderezai

    cool!

    • echar

      Way cool!

  • JohnFrancisBittrich

    ewige blumenkraft

  • Joevl

    Em, there’s a Masonic Lodge in Kilwinning (Scotland) which still has
    physical records that date to the late 16th Century and the Schaw
    Statutes are dated 1598 & 1599, so established Lodges in Scotland
    pre-date the English Grand Lodge by well over 100 years. Typical poorly
    researched article from the English Broadcasting Corruptcorporation…

  • Joevl

    Em, there’s a Masonic Lodge in Kilwinning (Scotland) which still has
    physical records that date to the late 16th Century and the Schaw
    Statutes are dated 1598 & 1599, so established Lodges in Scotland
    pre-date the English Grand Lodge by well over 100 years. Typical poorly
    researched article from the English Broadcasting Corruptcorporation…

    • David Metcalfe

      The article may be favoring the move from Operative to Speculative, since the Lodge in Kilwinning was an Operative Lodge in the 16th century, and the Schaw Statues are rules for Operative Masonry.

      The Latin inscriptions of ‘Do not eat of those things with a black tail’ and ‘Check your tongue, your belly and your lust, the best thing is to enjoy someone else’s madness’ don’t read like any of the Operative material, and the article seems to use this, and the bas relief of what appears to be a Compass, as an indication that this room was a meeting place for those working in the Speculative Craft prior to its official founding. I’d guess the idea is that it appears to be, at least from the details they provide, similar (in the enigmatic phrases on the wall) to a Chamber of Reflection room.

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