UGLE – Was it always Grand and was it always United?

Reading Time: 4 minutes   United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) – was it always Grand and was it always United? It appears not. Where did it all begin – At a meeting held at the Apple Tree tavern in 1716 it was resolved by all the masons there, to meet the following year on 24th June (St. John … Read more

Napoleonic Wars

A tracing board made by French POWs

Reading Time: 5 minutes During the period known at the Napoleonic wars (1793 circa 1814) there were up to 122,000 enemy sailors and soldiers held in captivity. The officers were held in 50 parole towns from Abergaveny, Bishop’s Castle through to Wincanton. The bulk of the prisoners were held in rotten hulks on the rivers around the UK as … Read more