Royal Arch

Richmond Royal Arch Chapter No.2032

 

 

By the solemn Act of Union between the two Grand Lodges of Freemasons of England in December, 1813, it was declared and pronounced that pure and ancient Masonry consists of three Degrees and no more. Those of the Entered Apprentice, the Fellow Craft and the Master Mason, including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch.

Such is the preliminary declaration to be found in the Book of Constitutions of Grand Lodge. It would therefore seem that no Lodge is complete unless it has attached to it a Royal Arch Chapter, and as a corollary no Master Mason has completed his entrance into Freemasonry unless he has been exalted into Royal Arch Masonry. The Ceremony is actually the fulfilment of the Third Degree.

It was in fact some eighteen years after the foundation of the Lodge that Richmond Chapter was inaugurated. On the 9th April, 1902, a team of Officers from Supreme Chapter led by E. Companion Sir Edward Letchworth, F.S.A., Grand Scribe E., assembled at the Freemasons Club, Richmond (then the meeting place of the Lodge) to consecrate the Chapter. There were thirty four founders present and in addition some thirty one other Companions. Of the thirty four founders, fourteen were members of Richmond Lodge. They were Bros. S. Abell, A. Aldin, J. Broad, R. Brooking, T. Covell, B. Godbold, C. Grunhold, W. Hatton, H. Hornby, J. Johnstone,            E. Partridge, T. Pritchard, F. Robinson and C. Smith. The suggestion to found a Chapter caused the majority of these fourteen to take the necessary steps to qualify, i.e. to become R.A. Masons by being exalted into other Chapters. Most of the founders resided in or around Richmond or had business interests there. The Primus First Principal was E. Companion Thomas Pritchard.

It is perhaps not surprising to note that during the preceding years many of the leading personalities are numbered among the Brethren of The Richmond Lodge. The Companions have always maintained those high ideals and sincerity of pur­ pose which animated and inspired the founders of the Chapter. The presentation of the Ceremonial work (Domatic Ritual) of this Chapter has always been performed in such a manner as to impress the Candidate with the sublime truth and beauty which characterises the Royal Arch Degree. The Lodge can look with justifiable pride on a Royal Arch Chapter which has so well implemented the highest teach­ ings of Freemasonry, which has been the continual aim of Richmond Lodge.