by the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Bro. HRH The Duke of Kent, KG


York House
        Many books have been written about Freemasonry but
   little has been done in England to present the history
   of the Craft in a visual form.
        This exhibition in Freemasons' Hall shows some of
   the milestones of Freemasonry's development from its
   origins in 17th Century England.
        In explaining Freemasonry's history, the exhibition
   also seeks to show how the Craft has inspired men to
   associate in upholding moral values and in the practice
   of charity.  The element of mystery is part of Freemasonry's
   attraction, but there is much less secrecy about it than
   is generally feared.  I believe this exhibition will help
   to throw some light on the history and the purposes of the
   Craft, and so provide a basis for better understanding
   both on the part of the public - and of Freemasons.
        I am proud to be associated with this new venture by
   Grand Lodge on behalf of the English Craft and Freemasonry
   in general, and I congratulate all those concerned in
   arranging it.
Goose and Gridiron Plaque

An Exhibition on

the History of English Freemasonry

The following pages are based on a leaflet that was issued in connection with a permanent exhibition called "The History of English Freemasonry" at the home of the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street London.

The leaflet was issued during the 1990's and it originally formed part of the Internet Lodge website in 1999.

During one of the many rebuilds of the website over the years this section was "lost".


In 2007 it was rediscovered on an internet archive and subsequently recovered by W.Bro John Dutchman-Smith.

Whilst all the pages have been edited to conform to the standards of our current website the content remains essentially unchanged and it is presented as an historical record of what was written at the time.


W.Bro John Dutchman-Smith P.Pr.J.G.W.
April 2007




This United Grand Lodge of England leaflet is reproduced here with permission.