Icknield Lodge

Lodge Number: 4670
Consecration: 18 February 1925
Meeting Place: The Cloisters – Letchworth
Meeting Dates: 2nd Friday March (Installation)
2nd Friday January
2nd Friday February
2nd Friday October
2nd Friday November

 

 

Letchworth, the first garden city in the world, was founded in 1903 and as it gradually developed and industry became established many were attracted to seek in the new town, some of these were already Masons but now unable to attend their own lodges regularly. The nearest Lodge at that time was Cecil Lodge No. 449 which met in Hitchin but even this presented difficulties as there was no convenient transport available. Although several attempts were made to establish a Lodge in Letchworth the main problem was always a lack of suitable accommodation and it was not until 1923 when Fred Nott a local baker and restaurant owner (and also a Mason) announced that he was going to build a suite of function rooms over his cafe and bakery in Eastcheap.

Local masons led by a Bro. Tappenden soon grasped the opportunity and immediately applied for permission to found a new lodge in Letchworth to be called the Icknield Lodge after the Icknield Way, which bisected the new town and adopted the figure of a Roman Centurion standing on the Icknield Way as the centre piece of its banner.  A Warrant was issued on the 6th. August 1924 empowering the 26 Founder members to proceed with the formation of a Lodge to serve the Letchworth area and the Lodge was duly consecrated in February 1925.

Membership grew quickly and at the end of the first year stood at 69, which more than justified the faith of its founders. For a time the Lodge had well in excess of a hundred members, which, inevitably caused some problems and in due course Icknield Lodge was instrumental in the founding of the Letchworth Garden City Lodge (No. 5109) the Iceni Lodge (No. 5975) and the Cloisters Lodge (No. 7100) to satisfy the demand.

Originally the Lodge met in the newly built Icknield Halls for such they were named by Fred Nott, and we like to think that they were in fact named after the lodge their first regular customers, but in 1948 the Cloisters building was gifted to local freemasons by Miss Amy Lawrence and we moved there in 1955.

80 years on Icknield Lodge may be smaller, but it is still as enthusiastic and more importantly, a very happy lodge.

This Lodge has its own website at www.icknieldlodge.org.uk