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PROVINCE OF KENT.

Adams Lodge  No. 6.

Mark Master Masons.

1874 to 1974.

 

WARRANT DATED MAY 2ND 1857.

 

Compiled by Colin Penney

9 Elm Lane

Minster

Sheerness

Kent

ME12  3SQ

 

                   The population of Sheppey in 1874 was 18,565 with 12,763 in Sheerness.The barracks contained between 1500 and 2000 men and the Dockyard employed 1500 to 2000 artisans and mechanics.1080 men were on board vessels of the R.N.and 248 men were on merchant ships.

The workhouse contained 250 inmates. Flushing pier had 26,475 passengers passing through . Imports were worth £5,000,000 and exports were worth £1,000,000 . The town is  strongly defended  by fortifications which extend for a mile and a half and cost £100.000 and mount more than 100 guns many of which are of large calibre.

The means of communication with the mainland was 3 primitive ferries –two for foot passengers and one free for passengers and horses but not for carriages. The charges were 4d before  and 6d after sunset.

 

Adams Mark Lodge No.6 meets under the first warrant granted to a Kent Mark Lodge and 6th in seniority in England.

Adams Mark Lodge is very fortunate in having in its possession the minute books from 1857 to the present day ,complete and in very good condition.

 

1.)  20th March 1857 to 12th January 1892

2.)  8th March 1892 to 10th January 1911

3.)  14th March 1911 to 8th May 1923

4.)  15th September 1923 to 14th May 1947

5.)   10th September 1947  to present day.

 

A SHORT HISTORY.

 

Among the minutes of Adams Lodge of Craft Masons  No.158 (at that time No. 259) are the following;-

24th July 1817 To cash Bro.Brelsford  for receiving  order of Ark and Mark 3/6d ,Bros.Ryatt,Arnold,Crampton and Newland  ditto 3/6d each.

13th April 1838 Bros,Keddell,Wilkins,Edgcumb, Eastman, Clarkson, Hancorn, Firminger , and Shrubsole received the Ark and Mark degrees.

During 1853 at a  meeting of Adams Craft Lodge No.158 ,then 184 it was proposed that the degrees of the Ark and  the Mark be revived.

17th November 1857 three brethren were advanced,15th February 1858 seven were advanced, 9th June 1857 nine were advanced etc etc.

27th October 1874 only 5 brethren were present.

22ND December 1874  it was resolved that Bros. Spears and Bagshaw purchase collars for the use of the Lodge .

27th January  1875 Bro.Binckes The G,Sec. Explained the working of the M.M.M.The cost of the Installation Banquet was 5/- per head..

 11th May  1875  It was decided to ensure the Mark property for £50.

2nd November 1876     The Provincial Grand Lodge of M.M.M. was held under the auspices of the Adams Lodge.

3RD September 1879 A Lodge of Emergency was called by command of the W.M.M.for the purpose of advancing six brethren of rthe Belvidere Lodge  No. 503 Maidstone.

14th September 1886 At this ceremony the Mark music was played in an excellent manner.

13th September 1887 The I.P.M. who was acting as W.M.M.in the absence of the Master stated that owing to a difference that had arisen between him and a brother he could not sit in the Lodge with him.It was unamimously agreed to that the name of the brother be expunged from the minutes.

10th September 1888 Advancement fee is 1/- if not a member of this Lodge.

13th January 1891 Bro.Spears presented three mauls to the Lodge.

27th October 1891 80 brethren attended the P.G.M.L. held at Sheerness.

13th March 1894 “Marks “ entered in the minute book.

14th January 1902 Two brethren were advanced by Wor.Bro. R.J.Gibbs P.M. of Gibralter Lodge  No. 43

12th September 1905 A petition to G.M.L. for assistance to a widow ,read and duly signed by every  Brother present (£20 was given by G.M.L .)

14TH November 1905 The Warrant was framed.The cost of P.M.’s jewel was £3-3s-0d.

9th July 1907 It was agreed that 6 collars be purchased for the principal officers.

11th October  1907 At the Provincial Meeting 100 members assembled and 52 sat for lunch.

12th November 1907  The S.W. was not seeking election.After much discussion Bro. Kingwill who has been a M.M.M. since 1881 was elected  to be the next W.M..(He had not served the office of Warden.)

17th September 1912 A discussion  took place for the resusitation of the Ark Mariner Degree.

8th September 1914 The W.M.M. alludes to the small number present owing to the terrible crisis that had befallen our country ,calling out the Army and Navy for the defence of the realm.

14th March 1916 Bro. Gibson was given a replacement  G.L.certificate  his original being lost on the “Maloja

11TH   July 1916 Three brethren apologised for absence and thanked the A.O.U. for having safely come through the Naval Battle of Jutland.

12th September 1916 Grand Lodge granted £10 TO Bro. Knight to assist him in replacing his loses through the torpedoing of the Persia” on the way to India. The  secretary was asked to enquire for particulars of the Masonic Passes printed in various languages for the use of brethren on active service.

12th March 1918 Following the Obligation ,the town receiving warning of an enemy raid and as a number of those present felt it incumbent upon them to go home,the W.M.had no alternative but to adjourn the meeting ,which was done.

19th March 1918 The W.M.M. completed the ceremony from the previous week.

11th March 1919 The Lodge of Instruction was formed.

13th May 1919 10 guineas were sent to Mark Benevolent fund.

9th September 1919 The Deputy Provincial Grand Master attended and advanced two candidates.

13th January 1920 15 guineas were sent to the Mark Benevolent  fund.

8th March 1921 It was agreed that two installations be held in 1922 in January and September to permit officers for the year to be shown in the current issue of the Kent Manual. Notice of motion that a G.P.Committer be formed.

13th January 1924. It was proposed  that St.Andrews  Lodge of Rochester be invited to visit Adams Mark Lodge  to work the degree.

10th March  1924 St.Andrews Lodge worked the degree.

10th September 1935 The Lodge was presented with the Keystone Jewel.

10th November 1936 The W.M.M. reported  that he had been selected as one to form an escort to Lord Harris,P.G.M. designate to conduct him to the pedastal  to receive from the G.M.M. of England the  Rt.Hon.The EARL of Stadbroke  the benefit of Installation.

13th  September 1939 This day should have been the most important of the year  (Installation) but a communication was received from G.L. on 7TH September ………….. here followed two pages of notes and comments on the war.

11th September 1946 Lord Harris attended the lodge and delivered the addresses to the Wardens ,Overseers And the Brethren.

        8th January 1947 Adams Lodge No.6 agrees to sponsor the new Mark Lodge at Sittingbourne.

        10th September  1952 Lord Harris attended the Lodge.

  11th March 1953 A letter was read from the P.G.Sec. asking on behalf of the  G.Mark  L of   Benevolence    for information of any of our brethren who had suffered under the recent floods.The Lodge Secretary submitted nine names of members who shortly received £10 each.A letter was also read from the treasurer of Sir Arthur Holbrook Mark Lodge No. 951 saying that at their regular meeting it was decided to devote the whole of collection to Adams Mark Lodge No. 6 for the relief of Mark Masons flood victims.

10th March 1954 W.Bro. J. Pope W.M. of Quartuor Coronati  Lodge No. 2076 visited the lodge and read a paper on “Mark Masonry”.

 

 THE FIRST MEETING DATES OF ADAMS MARK LODGE NO.6  .

 

 27TH MARCH 1857          

22ND APRIL  1869

11TH MAY   1875

9TH JUNE 1857

22ND JULY   1869

15TH JUNE  1875

27TH AUGUST 1857

15TH SEPTEMBER 1874

20TH JULY  1857

17TH NOVEMBER  1857

27TH OCTOBER 1874

27TH JULY 1875

16TH JANUARY 1858

6TH NOVEMBER 1874

27TH JULY 1875

11TH SEPTEMBER 1858

8TH DECEMBER 1874

18TH SEPTEMBER 1875

16TH NOVEMBER 1858

22ND DECEMBER 1874

12TH OCTOBER 1875

7TH APRIL  1868

12TH JANUARY  1875

9TH NOVEMBER  1875

7th JULY 1868

27TH JANUARY 1875

14TH DECEMBER 1875

28TH JULY 1868

11TH FEBRUARY 1875

11TH JANUARY 1876

27TH OCTOBER 1868

13TH APRIL 1875

25TH JANUARY  1876

28TH JANUARY 1868

20TH APRIL 1875

31ST JANUARY 1876

 

ETC.,  ETC.,  ETC..

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Meetings of Kent Provincial Mark Lodge were  held at Sheerness  Mark Masons Lodge No. 6

 in 1876, 1891, and in 1907.

 

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The First Dispensation authorising  a Brother to be elected and installed as W.M. of Adams Mark Lodge No.6 not withstanding his want of qualification as an Installed Master of a Craft Lodge of Freemasons is dated 17th day of November 1879 and is not numbered.

The Second  Dispensation    is dated the 5th day of December 1889 and is numbered 237.

The latest is dated 20th June 1970 and is number 3399

 

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The fee  for advancing in 1857 was 12/6 for Adams Brethren and 17/6 for others (subs = 4/-)

                              1869 was 20/-                                         26/-                   (subs =6/-)

                               1875 was 21/-                        21/-                   (subs =12/-)

                                   1920 was £2/0/0                                       

 

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Craft Lodges of Brethren Advanced in Adams Mark Lodge.

 

20, 24, 43, 77, 90, 107, 135, 158, 184, 182, 188, 199, 200, 216, 233, 257, 274, 299, 358, 398, 431, 465, 503, 508, 511, 515, 556, 558, 584, 729, 741, 765, 847, 898, 914, 1050, 1068, 1087, 1273, 1307, 1341, 1420, 1424, 1449, 1483, 1696, 1789, 1817, 1837, 1923, 1926, 1967, 2153, 2924, 1996, 3048, 3124, 3494, 3502, 3577, 3893, 3948, 3958, 4022, 4373, 4616, 4722, 5124, 5229, 5383, 5494, 6337, 6797, 8248.

                       

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MARK LODGES OF JOINING MEMBERS.

 

ENGLISH CONSTITUTION.

                          

 NOS.  16, 43, 107, 263, 265, 295, 358, 419, 436, 451, 456, 464, 465, 502, 516, 529, 584, 613, 626, 1089, 1105, 1205.

 

SCOTTISH CONSTITUTION.

 

NOS. 18, 49, 270, 328, 339, 422, 548, 576, 670, 702, 888, 900, 1159, 1175, 1184, 1670.

 

IRISH CONSTITUTION.                              LODGE NO.  273

NOVA SCOTIA  CONSTITUTION.             LODGE NO. 1

BRITISH COLUMBIA CONSTITUTION.  LODGE NO. 24

GREAT ORDER OF NETHERLANDS        LODGE NO. 121

 

 

(UP TO 1974.)

 

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