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Link to e-book giving a history of Freemasonry in Gosport since 1715

(Author: W. Bro. David Wooden BSc. MSc. C.Eng. P.P.G.Supt.Wks)

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A selection of Historical Documents from Gosport Lodge:

(A bigger selection of documents can be found in the Photo Gallery – Link on top right hand side of the HOME PAGE)

 

A founder of Gosport Lodge

1 - OK Founder member of Gosport Lodge 903

First Worshipful Master

 

 

2 - OK 1st Worshipful Master of Gosport 903

Founders of Gosport Lodge, 903

 

3 - OK Founders of Gosport Lodge 903

 

India Arms – early meeting place of the Lodge

4 - OK India Arms - c1861

Early Warrant

5 - OK Warrant of Gosport Lodge, 1205 (now 903) 6 - OK 2nd Warrant page

7 - OK 3rd Warrant page

Cover of Letters Book

8 - OK Front cover of the Letters Book of Gosport Lodge 1205 - 28-12-1861

First entry by secretary and first letter

9 - OK 1st entry by the new Secretary in 1861 10 - OK 1st letter received by the Secretary - 28-12-1861

 

Miscellaneous correspondence / documents

 

11 - OK The Declaration Book of Gosport 1205 - 1862 12 - OK Last recorded attendance meeting of Gosport 1205 - 3-7-1863 13 - OK 1st recorded attendance meetiong of Gosport 1205 - 6-1-1862 14 OK 1st Declaration of Gosport 1205 on 3-3-1862 15 OK Interesting letter dated 11-1-1862 16 OK Last Declaration of Gosport 1205 - 3-7-1863 17 - OK 1st recorded attendance meeting of Gosport 903 - 7-8-1863 18 OK Proposed Bye - Laws for Lodge of Instructions of 1862-63 19 OK First Declaration of Gosport 903 - 3-7-1863 20 OK The old Gosport 1205 Summons of 23rd March 1863

Further misc correspondence / documents

22 OK Another 903 Lodge Summons - 23-12-1863 23 OK Lodge of Instructions - 8-1-1864 24 OK L-O-I 15th & 22nd January 1864 not held due to Inclement weather 25 OK Proposed to move from Star Hotel to the India Arms Hotel because the license ran out for the landlord of the Star - 17-8-1869

21st year photo

25a - 21st year of 903 - 1882

25b OK Bottom tag for 24a

Officers of Lodge – 21st anniversary 1882

25c Lodge Officers for the 21st year- 1882

Names of members known in the photo

25d - Members names where known for pictures 25 a & b

Further misc documents

26 OK A more elaborate summons of 1890 27 OK Lodge minutes of 2-9-1890 -bottom resolution 28 OK Bottom half of last minute 29 OK The first resolve to build a proper Masonic Hall - 28-10-1890 30 OK A later meeting re India Arms meeting room - 11-11-1890

Lodge accounts 1891

31 OK Lodge Audited Accounts - 1891 style

Documents relating to death of Queen Victoria

34 OK Gosport 903 Minuted death of Queen Victoriaon 5-3-1901 33 OK Gosport 903 agenda on the loss of Queen Victoria - 5-3-1901

 

32 OK Command from United Grand Lodge re Queen Victoria's death dated 25-1-1901

Document relating to signing of Armistice Agreement

 

35 OK 5-11-1918 -Lodge Meeting The WM addressing members after the signing of the Armistice by the enemy 1918

New Masonic Hall

52 OK September 4th 1928 Special dispensation to continue meetings at Thorngate Halls during construction 51 - Certificate presented to Brother S.T.Smith Gosport 903 November 11th 1966 47 OK The new - Masonic Hall - est 1928 - Gosport 48 OK 6th March 1928 49 OK 6 March 2nd page 50 OK 9 March 13th 1928 Building report to lodge of further costs -

June 12 1928 meeting

 

55 OK April 3rd 1928 Further meeting ref costs, note Gosport share 54 OK June 12th 1928 (2) 53 OK June 12th 1928 Important meeting

Meetings in 1929

58 OK October 8th 1929 57 OK June 25th 1929 Emergency meeting in the New Hall - J - see the notice 56 OK June 11th 1929 Appears to be 1st meeting in Masonic Rooms - Clarence Rd

King George VI – 1931

59 OK K.G.V1 - 1931

Further documents – meetings in the new hall

 

60 OK January 13th 1931 Letter read in Lodge 61 OK Jan 13th 2nd page Motion put and passed 62 OK Jan 13th 3rd page

63 OK Jan 13th 4th page

 

64 OK Jan 7th 1932 Audited Accounts put to committee - passed - see last item 65 OK Note of member numbers found in the 1933 LOI 66 OK 1939 - Temp war time Lodge closure 39 OK Last meeting at tThe Masonic Rooms in The India Arms - 4-3-1919 40 OK The first meeting at the new Clarence Hall - 18-3-1919

41 OK 10-6-1919 - Lodge meeting autherisiung payment of our share for the refurbishment to Clarence Hall 42 Ok May 4th 1926 Forming of committee to build a new hall

 

43 OK part 2 of previous

 

Wartime Accounts

67 OK 2 - war accounts

 

War Record

68 Ok 903 War Record 1939 - 1945

69 OK War record 2

 

Up to date: Gosport Lodge Members 2011

 

Immediate Past Master W.Bro. John Hill with Gosport Lodge Members 2011

Immediate Past Master W.Bro. John Hill with Gosport Lodge Members 2011

Worshipful Master Justin Leese and Officers of Gosport Lodge Members 2018

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