Agricola lodge No 1991
1883 – 1983
From Roman times through the ages, York has been a principal military centre of the North. In 1878, the Headquarters of Northern Command was moved from Manchester to York. Infantry Barracks were built alongside the existing Cavalry Barracks and a new Command Headquarters established. This brought an influx of military brethren, members of Lodges far and wide. To enable these Brethren to practise the Craft and to help knit together the military and civilian Masonic communities, the need for a lodge soon became apparent.
On 5 January 1883, Bro. Edward John de Salis of Aldershot Camp Lodge No. 1331, after conferring with local Masons, convened a meeting. Arising from these deliberations a decision was taken to present a petition for a new lodge. This lodge, though it would work under the standard regulations for civilian lodges, would afford encouragement and facilities to these itinerant Masons to progress their Masonic careers, which otherwise would be hindered by their short stay in any one station. This was to be at reasonable cost to them.
It is not surprising that from a gathering of Masons, predominantly military men or sympathizers, the name of the illustrious Roman General AGRICOLA, should be chosen as the name for their new lodge. Agricola had close relations with York, and was instrumental in laying the foundations of order and education here. What better name, to be a constant reminder of what was best and praiseworthy in Man?
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Description of the Design of the Lodge Summons
The Agricola Lodge Summons front page design was changed to the above format and the first summons was issued for the meeting scheduled on the 28th December 1925. In character and in plan, the design is pure Roman. The arch which frames the whole is an adaptation of two triumphal arches, namely those of Augustus at Aosta (near Turin) and Augusta at Rimini. These two arches were selected on account of the severity of their treatments and when combined in this design do not detract from the central figure of Agricola.
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