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"Audemus Dum Cavemus"

Seacombe Lodge History

Seacombe Lodge No. 3468 was founded in 1910 to meet the growing population of the Borough of Wallasey on the Wirral Peninsula, it owes its being to one W.Bro. John Ward Dale, a local chandler. A past Master of Warren Lodge No. 1276 and seventeen other Freemasons whose petition received the recommendation of the Rt.Wor. Provincial Grand Master of Cheshire, the Rt.Wor.Bro. the Right Hon. Lord Egerton of Tatton, P.G.W. of England and was subsequently approved by Grand Lodge.

The consecration of Seacombe Lodge by the Rt.Wor. Provincial Grand Master, Lord Egerton of Tatton at 3.30 pm on Thursday 20th October 1910, was followed by the Installation of W.Bro. John Ward Dale as Worshipful Master by the Provincial Grand Secretary W.Bro. Frederick Broadsmith.

The new Lodge met on the first Thursday in November at the Ferry Hotel, Seacombe Wirral, the first candidate for initiation was a Mr T.S.R. Miller who was a member of the Lodge for sixty years until his death in 1971.

Towards the end of the first year after voting in favour of a proposition from the Senior and Junior Wardens that the venue of the meetings be changed to the new Masonic Hall Manor Road Wallasey. The Lodge received a summons to be present at the laying of the foundation stone on the 13th May 1911. Only eight months later, January 1912 our first meeting was held in the new hall thirty four members attending.

The next milestone was the appearance of the "Seacombe Lodge Crest" on the summons for a meeting to be held on Wednesday April 10th 1912 at 5.45 pm. A dispensation for a change of time and date of the regular meeting was received from the Rt. Wor. Provincial Grand Master.

The business of the evening was to initiate Mr. Frederick Ernest Willing, a Mariner and five fellow crafts due for raising to the Third Degree were raised on the same evening.

After considerable research as the originality of "Seacombe Lodge Crest" it was found to be similar to the Arms of Wallasey incorporated in the Wallasey Mayors Chain which was granted by the College of Arms on the 8th September 1910.

"The Heraldic Description is"

Or on waves of the sea a three-masted ship in full sail proper, on a chief azure, to a dexter three garbs, two and one of the first, and to the sinister a bugle-horn proper, stringed and garnished gold, and for the crest, on a wreath of the colours, a dolphin head downwards proper, entwining a trident erect or. mantling - or and azure.

Motto : "Audemus-Dum-Cavemus" which maybe translated

"We are bold, whilst, we are cautious"

Seacombe Lodge has recently celebrated 100 years of masonry in Wallasey and is looking forward to playing an active part in the future of freemasonry on the Wirral.

Seacombe Lodge, Freemasons Lodge Meeting at the Masonic Hall, Manor Road, Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside.

Part of Area 1 of The Province of Cheshire Freemasons

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