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The Lodge of Amity and
Rossendale Forest No.283

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Royal Arch Freemasonry

Royal Arch Chapter is an order in Freemasonry, closely associated with Craft Freemasonry.

The first documented evidence of a 'Royal Arch' degree comes from Ireland in 1743; it seems likely that this was an 'added extra' worked within craft lodges in England, Ireland and Scotland for many years. Thus it came to be regarded, by the Antients in England, as a fourth degree in Freemasonry.

The Moderns, on the other hand, do not appear to have officially recognised the degree at all (with a few exceptions), leading in due course, to completely separate Royal Arch Chapters. These differences were partially resolved at the Union of the Grand Lodges in 1813, by a compromise: the new United Grand Lodge of England declared the Royal Arch to be an official and accepted part of 'Pure and Antient Freemasonry'.

Whilst the Royal Arch is, therefore, an integral part of Freemasonry and interwoven with the Craft, it is organised as a separate Order, distinct from the Craft degrees, the teachings of which it completes.

For a fuller history of English Royal Arch Chapter and an understanding of how Lancashire was predominant in the early days of its development, follow this link:  [History of the English Royal Arch]

A brief history of the Chapter of Wisdom No.283

Qualification for Membership

Membership is open to Freemasons of all faiths who have been Master Masons for at least four weeks.

Candidates requiring further information or seeking admission to a Chapter, should talk to the Royal Arch Rep., in the Lodge; he will be pleased to advise and assist you with your application.

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Accrington - Masonic Hall, Adelaide Street, Accrington. BB5 2BE Tel: 01254 231588
Bank Terrace 462 3rd Thur 1, 3, 5, 11 Inst 1
Leopold 1775 1st Tues 2, 4, 9, 11 Inst 4
Blackburn - Masonic Hall, Richmond Terrace Tel: 01254 52839
Fidelity 269 4th Mon 2, 4, 9, 11 Inst 2
Perseverance 345 1st Wed 3, 5, 10, 12 Inst 3
Cathedral 7814 4th Mon 1, 3, 10. 3rd Mon 5 Inst 5
Clayton le Moors - Mill House, Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors. BB5 5HD Tel: 01254 237863
Sincerity 3120 3rd Tues 2, 4, 10, 12 Inst 2
Remembrance 3787 Last Fri 2, 9, 11. 3rd Fri 4 Inst 9
Clitheroe - Masonic Rooms, Conservative Club, Castle Street, BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 422410
Limestone Rock 369 1st Thur 3, 5, 9, 12 Inst 12
Darwen - Masonic Hall, Hawkshaw Avenue Tel: 01254 702594
Hutchinson 381 1st Wed 3, 6, 9, 12 Inst 12
Horizon 8948 4th Mon 4. 2nd Mon 6. 3rd Mon 2, 9 Inst 4
For Chapter meetings in the Northern Area of the Province visit Provincial Grand Chapter - click [ Here ]

EL Provincal Grand Chapter

Supreme Grand Chapter

E.Comp Sir David Trippier, RD, JP, DL
Usually held in March each year, Provincial Grand Chapter at King George's Hall, Blackburn.

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