The Philbrick Lodge No.2255 was Warranted in 1888 and now meets four times a year at the Chingford Masonic Hall in the Province of Essex.

The Motto on our Crest reads. Vestigia nulla retrorsum "We do not retreat" (L.) and was the motto of the 5 R Innisk DG, 5 DG

This Site was submitted to and approved by the United Grand Lodge of England

History

Things you did not know about freemasonry

The Middle Age is known as the era of religious prosecution, black plague, endless wars and despotic leaders. However, this period is also known for its remarkable feats in arts and architecture, the latter of which being the work of a small guild of exceptional masons whom were specialized in mathematics, engineering, geometry and, of course, masonry.

The secrets of the masons were passed from generation to generation and they are the reason why Western Europe is sprinkled with impressive cathedrals and monuments. As the masons worked for various kings and queens of the day, they were not tied to a sole employer, which is why they called themselves “freemasons”, a correspondent of today’s freelancers, but with a more hands-on approach if you will.

The guild of freemasons was the foundation on which a more recent organization has developed on. The Masonic Fraternity has progressed in the past two centuries as a charitable society aimed to social awareness and self-improvement. Many famous persons such as George Washington, Mark Twain, Charles Darwin and even Beethoven have entered its ranks.

Freemasonry is widely known for its series of special and sometimes cryptic symbols that are meant to have an inside connotation to its members. Most of these symbols take their origins from Christianity, with the Arc of the covenants being the most famous example.

Masons have been known to salute themselves through secret handshakes, which usually symbolize the relation between certain degrees within a lodge. This feature and other mystical aspects have often been the reason why freemasonry became a regular of the media circus and even a subject for bestselling books like War and Peace, or box office hits like The Da Vinci Code.

Some people confuse the freemasons with the Illuminati, which is an honest mistake actually. The latter were a Bavarian secret society that called for social reforms and which disbanded almost a century ago. Its mystical nature, however, is the reason why so many people mistake it for the masonic organization.