Royston Lodge

Lodge Number: 4304
Consecration: 17 October 1921
Meeting Place: The Masonic Hall – Royston
Meeting Dates: 2nd Saturday October (Installation)
2nd Saturday January
2nd Saturday February
2nd Saturday April
2nd Saturday November

 

The Founder and first Worshipful Master was Colonel Charles Heaton-Ellis, who gathered his co-Founders together at his seat at Widdial Hall, Buntingford, where each was called upon to take a solemn oath not to fail in his obligations. The Lodge Crest is a copy of the damaged Royston Priory Seal which was used in 1534 to authenticate a deed, signed by the Canons, that, by renouncing the Pope’s authority, acknowledged the supremacy of the Crown and legitimised Henry VIII’s marriage with Ann Boleyn. The Parish Church in Royston is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, as was the Priory in the Middle Ages. The second Saint was probably St. Thomas ~ Becket who is now the Saint to whom Royston’s Catholic Church is dedicated. The Priory was situated at Cruce Roheys – at Royies’s Cross – and this became Roysia’s town and eventually Royston. It was Lady Roysia who had a Cross erected where Ermine Street crossed the Icknield Way and this happened soon after the Norman Conquest, but the Priory was not founded until 1162.

Past Masters’ Jewels for Royston Lodge are unusual in that the ‘Seal’ hangs by two chains from the enamelled plate bearing the number of the Master ( i.e. there is no blue ribbon). The story goes that when the regalia maker first had to fabricate one of these Jewels, he attempted to ‘mend’ it, not realising that the Seal was broken.

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