1894 – Building a home for Union Lodge and the important ceremony of laying the Memorial Stone.
Prior to finally moving into our purpose built premises, the lodge meetings were held at a succession of locations, both within London and in Margate.
NEW TEMPLE AT MARGATE. – The Freemason’s Chronicle; Date: Nov 17, 1894; Page: 7
On Tuesday, 6th inst., the ceremony took place of the laying of the memorial stone of the new Masonic Temple, now in course of erection in New Cross Street, on ground at the rear of “The Limes.” A procession of between fifty and sixty members of the Union Lodge, and Brethren from Ramsgate, etc. was formed at the Lodge House, King’s Head Hotel, collars, aprons, etc. being worn; and on their arrival they found a large audience assembled on the site.
The ceremony commenced with the hymn “O God, our Help in ages past.” The Chaplain (Rev. W. Taylor Jones) having read a suitable prayer, Bro. Albert Latham (the architect) presented a silver trowel to the WM., who laid the memorial stone, which bears an inscription stating that “This stone was laid by W. Bro. EDWIN CROSOER W.M. Union Lodge, No. 127, 6th November 1894.
After performing the ceremony in a business-like way, Bro. Crosoer declared, in the name of the Great Architect of the Universe, that the stone was well and truly laid. He said the stone marked an eventful epoch in the history of their Lodge, which had been in existence 130 years. During that time they had had no fixed home or habitation, but now, with those walls rising around them, they would reach the height of their ambition. He hoped that there Brotherly love would flourish among them; that they might have many brought into their ranks; and, from that auspicious occasion, he trusted that Union Lodge, No. 127, would have a long and very prosperous career before it.
The Chaplain offered a prayer of thanksgiving and pronounced the Benediction, after which the Old Hundredth Psalm was sung, and the ceremony ended.
The procession re-formed, and proceeded, via Market Street and Marine Drive, to their Lodge Room.
The large Hall will be 44ft. by 24ft., approached by a handsome and capacious hall; and there will also be robing and candidates’ preparation rooms, etc. It will be built of red brick, with stone dressings, and the roof will be of open timber-work. On the north side will be the caretaker’s cottage, consisting of two floors. The Hall will have a prettily decorated elevation, and no doubt it will be a great local improvement and an advantage to the neighbouring properties.
ERECTION OF A NEW MASONIC TEMPLE AT MARGATE – LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE. – The Freemason; Date: Nov 17, 1894; Page: 13
On Tuesday, the 6th inst., the ceremony of laying the memorial stone of the new Masonic Temple, which is being built by the members of the Union Lodge, No. 127 in New Cross Street, Margate, was performed by the W.M., Bro. E. Crosoer, with the usual ceremonial. The new temple is being erected on the ground in the rear of “The Limes” from plans prepared by Bro. E. Latham, the builder being Bro. L. Seager. P.M. 1273. The front of the building is of red brick, faced with white stone, and the inside of the temple will be fished in the three styles of architecture -Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian. The temple will be a one storey building, and at the side will be the caretaker’s house.
On Tuesday afternoon the brethren met at the lodge-room, the King’s Head Hotel. The Worshipful Master was supported by the following officers: Bros. J. Moore, S.W.; J. F. Hume. J.W.; Rev. W, Taylor Jones, M.A., Chap.; F. W. Willett, Treas.; F. Stanley, Sec.; W. F. Francklin, J.D.; Gus Foster, A.D.C.; Thos. Russe, F.R.C.O.; Thos. Jephcott, Stwd.; and Geo. Lawrence, Tyler. There were also a large number of members present.
The lodge having been opened, the members formed in procession and proceeded to New Cross Street, where a large number of the general public had assembled to witness the ceremony.
The Worshipful Master, supported by his officers, took up a position on the platform in front of the building, while the other brethren present and a number of visitors, chiefly ladies, assembled on a platform within the partially erected structure.
The proceedings commenced with the singing of a hymn. Prayers were offered by the Rev. W. Taylor Jones, Chaplin, after which the architect (Mr. A. Latham) presented the W.M. with a handsome silver trowel with which to lay the memorial stone. The trowel bore the following inscription: “Presented to Bro. Edwin Crosoer, W.M. Union Lodge, 127, by Bro. A. Latham, architect, on laying the memorial stone at the Masonic Temple Margate, November 6th, 1894.”
The mortar having been spread, the stone was lowered into its position, and after the usual ceremony, the W.M. said, “In the name of the Great Architect of the Universe, I declare this stone to be well and truly laid.” The stone bore the following inscription: “This stone was laid by Bro. Edward Crosoer. W.M. Union Lodge, No. 127, November 6th, 1894.”
The Worshipful Master said he could not let such an opportunity as that pass without offering a few remarks with regard to the Union Lodge. Having expressed his pleasure at seeing such a large gathering of members of the Craft, he said the proceedings that day marked a very eventful epoch in the history of the Union Lodge, No. 127. it had been in existence over a century and a quarter; in fact, something like 130 years, and during that time it had been roaming about from place to place, having no fixed home or habitation. In a short time that would by changed. They saw the walls of their new home, of which they just laid the foundation stone, rising, and he hoped that in that building, when completed, brotherly love would continue to flourish, and that the provision of a permanent home for the lodge might result in a considerable strengthening of the Union Lodge. They were met that day under the most auspicious circumstances, and he earnestly hoped that the lodge had a prosperous career before it.
The short service was then concluded by the Rev. W. Taylor Jones.
The brethren then reformed into procession, and returned to the lodge room at the King’s Head Hotel, where a banquet was afterwards served, the Worshipful Master presiding.