PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE OF WORCESTERSHIRE

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About Us - The History of Page Lodge

 

The Page Lodge No. 3378 was constituted on the 10th. September 1909 by VW Bro. Sir E. Letchworth, Grand Secretary of The United Grand Lodge of England.

We meet within the Masonic Province of Worcestershire, which has its Head Office at Provincial Grand Lodge Office, 94 Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 0DF.

We meet every 2nd Friday in January, February, March, April, October, November (Installation) and December, and our regular meetings are held at The Worcester Masonic Centre, Rainbow Hill, Worcester WR3 8LX.

Our Lodge was named after one of its founding members and first Master, Very Worshipful Brother William Thomas Page who, at the time was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Worcestershire. 

VW Bro. Page was born in Great Malvern, Worcestershire in 1849 and was baptised on the 29th April 1849. Queen Victoria was in the seventh year of her reign and the first Bowler hats went on sale in the shops that year. As the British Empire is often considered to have been at its peak between 1856 and 1918, it may be said that VW Bro. Page lived through the great Age of Empire.

By profession he was a Civil Engineer specialising in Railway Signalling. The boom in construction of Britain's railway system began in the 1840's so he would certainly have been involved in that great endeavour. Although there are no details available regarding his education, it is assumed that he would have been educated at a university before entering his profession.

William Thomas Page was Initiated into Freemasonry in the Semper Fidelis Lodge No. 529, Worcester on the 2nd October 1882 aged thirty-three. He was beginning a Masonic career that would last for fifty-one years.

In 1893 at the age of forty-four he married Florence, aged twenty-five, who came from Birkenhead. They lived in a house named Lynthorpe, which is located at 37A Bromyard Road, Worcester from the time of their marriage until his death in 1933 aged 84 years. Florence continued to live there until her death in 1941. By one of those great coincidences, the grandfather of a current member of Page Lodge, lived opposite William Thomas Page, and as he was also a Mason he would have personally known him.

They had a son who was born in Worcester in January 1895. He was named William Frank but was known as Frank. He was Initiated into Page Lodge by his father on the 10th January 1919 when he was twenty-four years old. It is a wonderful occasion when any man is Initiated into Freemasonry - to be Initiated by one's own father is a very special experience indeed, and to be Initiated by one's own father into the Lodge that bears his name, must have been a unique occasion.  It must also, of course have been a very special occasion for his father. As may be imagined, it was a very well attended meeting as the Lodge minutes record that there were seventy-seven Masons present. Frank was Passed to the Degree of a Fellow Craft on the 14th February 1919 by the W. Bro. Colonel E. W. Larkworthy, and Raised to the Degree of a Master Mason on the 14thMarch 1919 by his father. This is rapid progress by anyone's standard - either they got on quickly in those days or maybe having the Deputy Provincial Grand Master as your father helped!

Frank never attained the chair of Page Lodge, but he was Installed as Worshipful Master in 1944 of the Haven of Peace Lodge No. 4385 which meets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He served in the South Wales Borderers from 1914 to 1921 and during the First World War he fought in Gallipoli and Mesopotamia, being wounded in 1916. In 1919 he held the rank of Captain.

William Thomas Page died on the 5th November 1933 aged eighty-four years after an illness lasting approximately eighteen months. He is buried in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester. His Estate was worth £22,000/3/1d. (twenty-two thousand pounds, three shillings and one penny), which is the equivalent today of approximately one million four hundred thousand pounds. 

 

 

 

We thank W. Bro. Barry Benge, a Past Master of the Lodge for allowing the use of a small part of his excellent research paper into the life of VW Bro. William Thomas Page. As this website is further developed, an additional webpage will be added devoted exclusively to the life and career of this very distinguished Freemason. 

 

 

 

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