There is such an abundance of evidence in proof of the continuity of Freemasonry during the period selected, that it is only necessary to study the special records of the old Lodges, happily still preserved, the Rolls of the “Old Charges”, and especially the extant minutes of the Masons’ Company of London, to be assured that the Freemasons of the present day are the lineal descendants of the operative builders, who in the 17th century, and earlier, admitted speculative or non-professional members.

The Official History of Freemasonry – Part 3

The “Modern” or Grand Lodge By the year 1717 there were only four lodges in the London area and the Craft was in danger of losing its traditional identity. There was little reason for it to exist at all. It was a victim of its own success after overcoming the threat from the Church and … Read more