Monday, 20 July 2015

The York Grand Lodge by Dr David Harrison

As my latest book Freemasonry and Fraternal Societies is launched, I thought I would do a brief post about my last book The York Grand Lodge. The book was published in June 2014 by Arima Publishing, and examines the rise and fall of the Grand Lodge of All England held at York, an independent Masonic body that existed from the early 1700s through to opening years of the 19th century. It's a story full of political intrigue, Jacobites and independent Masonry; the 'Yorkists' having a five degree system by the 1770s.

The York Grand Lodge, or the Grand Lodge of All England held at York, was a professional and progressive force in eighteenth century Masonry; a number of lodges were founded under the body, some being more successful than others, but those lodges that were successful, such as the Druidical Lodge in Rotherham, survived quite a long time and practiced a number of degrees, exploring the Royal Arch and Knights Templar.

My next book is The City of York: A Masonic Guide, and will be complimentary to my earlier York Grand Lodge book. It will act as a street-by-street guide to all the historic buildings that are associated with the York Grand Lodge and Freemasonry in general, and will reveal more intricate details about certain locations. Buildings such as the Merchant Adventurers' Hall and the Punch Bowl Tavern will be discussed, along with the story behind the Yorkshire Museum and the Minster. 

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