Wednesday, 26 January 2011
This is a photo of The Masonic pub in Runcorn, Cheshire, which actually features in my first book The Genesis of Freemasonry, but is also discussed as an early Masonic Hall in the second book as well. It was built in 1863 and is a beautiful building; displaying numerous Masonic symbols on the front. It was the location of the local Ellesmere Lodge from 1863-1932, and the lodge still meets in Runcorn today. The pub had an additional level but it was altered a few decades ago.
Signed copies of both books are available in the excellent independent Curiosity Book Shop in Runcon, for details check the link: http://www.curiositybookshop.com/
Sunday, 16 January 2011
This is a photo of the Egyptian Suite in the Masonic Hall at Hope Street, Liverpool. It is a Chapter Room which reveals the imagery associated with the Royal Arch Ritual. The photo features in my book The Transformation of Freemasonry, and will be available as a colour photo in the hard back special edition of the book which is published later this month, which will have colour plates as opposed to the black and white photos available in the current soft back edition.
The book discusses how Masonic Hall's became popular with lodges during the later half of the nineteenth century, and also discusses how the Royal Arch ritual developed - a ritual which was considered as a fourth degree by the 'Antient's' Grand Lodge and by the Liverpool Masonic Rebels and the Wigan Grand Lodge.
I will be posting information on the special edition soon, which is also being sold as a unique limited edition package with the first edition of my first book 'The Genesis of Freemasonry'. For information on the current edition which is currently at No.2 on the US Arima chart, check out the link for Arima Publishing: http://www.arimapublishing.co.uk/bookshopuk/bookinfo/book_184549437