Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Its roots lie in the traditions and ceremonies of the
medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. On 24 June 1717, four London Lodges, which had existed for some time, came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard, declared themselves a Grand Lodge and elected Anthony Sayer as their Grand Master. This was the
first Grand Lodge in the world. Famous Freemasons include Harry Houdini, Oliver Hardy and King George VI.