Cornhill Lodge History

Founder Members

Out of the 11 Founder members, five did not pay their dues until after the end of 1879. One can only speculate on the reasons.

MARCH, Edwin: first Worshipful Master. Merchant, 1 Anerly Park, Anerly, London. SE20.

  • 1858 16th November: Initiated Cadogan Lodge No. 162. Member to end of 1860.
  • 1866 22nd November: Joining Member Shakespear Lodge No. 99. WM 1871. Secretary 1876/1880. Hon Member 26th February 1880.
  • 1867: Appointed Grand Steward (representing Shakespear Lodge No. 99).
  • 1868 18th March: Joining Member Grand Stewards Lodge. Resigned January 1880.
  • 1872 20th April: Joining member Grove Lodge No. 410, Ewell,Surrey. WM 1877. Resigned 1879.
  • 1877: Appointed Prov. Senior G. Warden,Surrey.
  • 1879: Founder and first WM of Cornhill Lodge. Paid dues to end of 1879.

It is recorded in the history of Shakespear Lodge No. 99 that in 1879/1880 he was stricken by “an affliction of a permanent nature” as a result of which the Lodge immediately voted him 10 Guineas (£10.50), recommended one of his sons to the RMIB and petitioned Grand Lodge on his behalf, resulting in his being granted £250 from the GL Benevolent Fund.

The Grand Stewards Lodge also opened a subscription list for him resulting in another £42 the following year. In those days before Social Security, freemasonry thus proved a welcome support in time of trouble!

THOMAS, Alfred James: first Senior Warden. Born 1847, died 1927. A Solicitor of Cheapside and Regent Street.

  • 1871 2nd February: Initiated Iconic Lodge No. 227. WM 1875, 18886 and 1903.
  • 1879: Founder and first SW Cornhill Lodge. WM 1880 and 1881.
  • 1894 2nd November: Joining Member Eccentric Lodge No. 2488.
  • 1895 14th November: Joining member Lodge of regularity No. 91. WM 1901.
  • 1898: Founder and first JW Cutlers Lodge No. 2730. WM 1902.
  • 1898: Founder Jubilee Masters Lodge No. 2712. WM 1908.
  • 1899: Treasurer Richard Eve Lodge No. 2772.
  • 1900 6th October: JoiningMemberThamesValley Lodge No. 1460,Hampton Court.
  • 1901: Grand Steward (representing Lodge of regularity No. 91).
  • 1901: PAGDC.
  • 1901 14th January: Joining Member St Alban’s Lodge No. 29. WM 1905 and 1906.
  • 1902 21st June: Joining member Dene Lodge No. 2228, Cookham. WM 1907.
  • 1902 31st May: Joining Member Pegasus Lodge No. 2205, (then) Chislehurst. WM 1916.
  • 1902 12th November: Joining Member Grafton Lodge No. 2347. WM 1909, 1915, 1919 and 1922.
  • 1909: Founder Wilma Lathom Lodge No. 3243,Liverpool.
  • 1909: Founder Puerorum Lodge No. 3377.
  • 1916: PSGD.
  • Patron: RMBI, RMIB and RMIG.
  • Member of the Board of Management RMIB 1901-1922.
  • Member Finance Committee RMIG 1905-1927.

JEPPS, Henry Charles: first Junior Warden. An Average Adjuster of 33 Cornhill.

  • 1875 9th December: Initiated Royal Athelstan Lodge No. 19. WM 1881. Excluded for non-payment 1901.
  • 1879: Founder and first JW Cornhill Lodge. WM 1882. Paid to end of 1883.
  • 1879 27th September: Joining member Grove Lodge No. 410, Ewell. WM 1884. Hon Member 1893.
  • 1882 15th August: Joining Member Percy Lodge No. 1427,Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Paid dues to middle of 1894.
  • 1886: Appointed Prov. JGD (Surrey).

NOTLEY, Robert Pledge: first Inner Guard. Architect, of 57 Gracechurch Street,London.

  • 1875 1st November: Initiated Lodge of Unions No. 256. WM 1882. Resigned 1894.
  • 1879: Founder Member of Cornhill Lodge. WM 1883. Paid dues to end of 1886.

LAMB, Alfred: Past Master. Wine and Spirit Broker of 43 Mark Lane and 41 Belsize Square.

  • 1854 6th March: Initiated Lodge of Unions No. 256. WM 1862. Paid dues to end of 1864.
  • 1876 10th March: Joining Member Grove Lodge No. 410, Ewell,Surrey. WM 1888. Treasurer 1891-1894. Resigned 1894 due to ill health.
  • 1879: Founder member Cornhill Lodge. Paid dues to end of first quarter 1882. JW 1880. SW 1881. Did not take office as Master in Cornhill.
  • 1889: Appointed Prov. GD of CSurrey.

STEEL, Thomas James: one of the first Stewards. Merchant of 44 king William Street, London EC.

  • 1862 15th January: Initiated Lodge of Sincerity No. 174. Resigned 1865.
  • 1863 12th November: Joining Member Lodge of Friendship No. 206. WM 1880 and 1881. Excluded for non-payment 1892.
  • 1879: Founder Member Cornhill Lodge. Paid dues to end of 1879.
  • 1884 23rd December: Joining member Gordon Lodge No. 1726, Bognor. Resigned 1903.

STEPHENS, William Richard: Past Master. Stationer of 33 Throgmorton Street.

  • 1845 18th December: Initiated Lion and Lamb Lodge No. 162. Paid to 1849.
  • 1846 7th December: Joining Member St John’s lodge No. 90. WM 1852. Secretary 1861-1868. Treasurer 1883-1893.
  • 1879: Founder Member Cornhill Lodge. Paid to end of 1879.

WEST, Christopher Matthew Shaw. A Gentleman of Elm Grove, Hanwell and the Mansion House.

  • 1875 6th November: Initiated Earl of Zetland Lodge No. 1364. Paid dues to 1881.
  • 1879: Founder Member Cornhill Lodge. Paid dues to end of 1879.

HARTRIDGE, Francis James. No profession known.

  • 1874 16th March: Initiated Grand Master’s Lodge No. 1. Paid dues to 1885.
  • 1879: Founder Cornhill Lodge. Paid to end of 1879.

GIDDY, Richard WH. Colonial Civil Servant. A Magistrate in South Africa Diamond Fields. Treasurer of Griqualand Government. Resident Managing Director of Anglo African Diamond Mining Co.

  • 1860 4th January: Initiated Zetland Lodge No. 608,Fort Beaufort,South Africa.
  • 1872: Founder and first WM Cosmopolitan Lodge No. 1409, Vooruitzigt.
  • 1875: Appointed District Grand Master for Griqualand West (now Central Division ofSouth Africa). The District was declared extinct in 1882.
  • 1879: Founder Member Cornhill Lodge.
  • 1886 6th October: Died of blood poisoning after an accident.

SUNLEY, John: first Immediate Past Master. Merchant of Brusnwick Square, Camberwell.

  • 1840 5th May: Initiated OldDundee Lodge No. 18. Paid dues to end of 1841.
  • 1865 18th April: Joining Member Lodge of Honour and Generosity No. 165. Resigned November 1882.
  • 1879: Founder Member Cornhill Lodge. Paid to end of 1879.
 

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