The Grand Master’s throne with a carved framework of gilt lime wood, flanked by a pair of Doric columns. The throne’s arms and supports are formed from a double scroll of acanthus leaves with a lion’s mask and paw at the tip of each arm and the base of each support. The seat rails are carved with rosettes and incorporate on the front a rectangular plaque, carved with a Volume of the Sacred Law between the points of a pair of Compasses. The throne is surmounted by a carved wood ducal coronet, partially gilded and partially painted red, with a painted ermine trim; this is flanked below by two gilt cradles, on which are mounted a terrestrial globe and a celestial globe.
Soon after George Augustus, Prince of Wales (later George IV) became the first Royal Grand Master of the Moderns Grand Lodge in 1790, a ceremonial throne and two Warden’s chairs, replete with Masonic symbolism, were commissioned for use in the new Freemasons’ Hall in London. The London cabinet maker Robert Kennett, based at 67 New Bond Street, charged £157. 10s. (£17,000 itm) and took three months to complete the set in gilded lime wood.
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Companions, as we are currently a Province in Mourning, we thought that we would share this tribute with you, when we all showed our respect and joined in a 'nine o’clock toast' to "Absent Companions and Departed Merit".
These are the screenshots taken across the Province, at the Zoom Meeting to Respect Departed Merit for our Most Excellent Grand Superintendent - Rodney Lister Bass on 29.07.2020.
Worshipful Brother Alan died peacefully in the morning of 23 September 2020 after a period of not being well, with his family by his side. Born on 23 July 1944 he had not long celebrated his 76th birthday. As an Essex Freemason he was one of our very best.
Having started his Essex Masonic career in July 1971 with Undine Lodge it was only natural with his outgoing personality and generosity to others that Alan was destined to enjoy Freemasonry to the full himself whilst encouraging many others to do the same.
He became a Joining member of Saint Cedd Lodge in 1977, Essex Masters in 1985, Bear and Ragged Staff in 2005 and North Essex Masters’ in 2017, as well as being a Founder member of two specialist lodges, the Lodge of Enlightenment in 1994, a lodge for Secretaries and Treasurers and the Lodge of Daily Advancement in 2019, a demonstration and research lodge. He served as Worshipful Master six times and held many senior offices in these Lodges.
Excellent Companion Alan was also very active in Holy Royal Arch Masonry since being exalted in June 1988 in Undine Chapter and becoming MEZ in 1996. He joined Essex First Principals in 1999 and became Treasurer in 2003. He was also a Founder member of both Upminster Daylight Chapter and Chapter of Enlightenment and in November 2011 was installed as MEZ in both.
In 1990 Alan was first honoured with active Provincial Rank as Provincial Senior Grand Deacon and following a further two Provincial promotions became an Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 2005, an Office in which he served until March 2014. Alan was honoured with Grand Rank in 2003 as Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and promoted to Past Senior Grand Deacon in 2006.
One aspect of Freemasonry Alan particularly enjoyed was his membership of Le Touquet Loge No 89 in the Province of Flanders under the Grande Loge Nationale Francaise (GLNF) from 2000-2012, in which he was installed as Master in 2004. Whilst presiding over the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the Loge, the GLNF Provincial Grand Master surprised him by announcing his appointment to Past Provincial Grand Deacon at the Festive Board.
Another not quite so enjoyable aspect was his sadness at the coming to an end after 110 years of Undine Lodge but Alan ensured that that the name would live by arranging for the Lodge of Daily Advancement to acquire much of the Undine Lodge equipment and regalia. Alan dearly appreciated the 10 Lodges which made him an Honorary member, West Essex Meridian, Holland on Sea, Faircross, Waltham Abbey, Tudor, Cromwell, Upminster Hall, Round Table of Essex, Stanstead Mountfitchet and Corinthian Centenary.
At heart Alan was modest man who much preferred to see credit given to others who had also made a valuable contribution to Freemasonry. Throughout his 49 years in the Craft, Alan earned considerable respect from all those who knew him and will forever be held in high esteem in their thoughts and memories.
Alan’s Ranks in Craft and Holy Royal Arch Freemasonry in Essex
|14 July 1971||Initiated - Undine Lodge No 3394||26|
|28 November 1981||Master - Saint Cedd Lodge No 6519||37|
|10 October 1984||Master - Undine Lodge||40|
|25 June 1988||Exalted - Undine Chapter No 3394||43|
|22 March 1990||Provincial Senior Grand Deacon||45|
|21 March 1991||Past Provincial Senior Grand Deacon||46|
|20 September 1994||Founder - Lodge of Enlightenment No 9550||50|
|09 March 1996||MEZ - Undine Chapter,||51|
|20 March 1997||Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer||52|
|29 June 2000||Provincial Grand Treasurer, HRA||55|
|30 April 2003||Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies||58|
|08 October 2003||Master - Undine Lodge||59|
|01 September 2005||Assistant Provincial Grand Master||61|
|26 April 2006||Past Senior Grand Deacon||61|
|03 July 2006||Founder - Upminster Daylight Chapter 9788||61|
|04 September 2008||Provincial Grand Scribe N||64|
|29 April 2010||Past Grand Standard Bearer, HRA||65|
|22 October 2010||Master - Bear and Ragged Staff Lodge No 8527||66|
|16 November 2010||Founder - Chapter of Enlightenment No 9550||66|
|02 November 2011||MEZ - Upminster Daylight Chapter No 9788||67|
|16 November 2011||MEZ - Chapter of Enlightenment No 9550||67|
|22 November 2014||Master – Saint Cedd Lodge No 6519||70|
|16 July 2019||Founder and Primus Master - Lodge of Daily Advancement No 9979||75|