|The earliest records relating to Tudor Lodge are
minutes of a founders meeting dated Thursday May 13th 1948. It was
at this meeting that the first officers were selected, the venue, which
at that time was the Overcliff Hotel, was also decided upon. It
is recorded that a good deal of discussion took place with regard to the
name of the Lodge, finally Tudor was agreed upon, however no indication
is given as to what prompted that choice. An alternative name was also
put forward in case Grand Lodge rejected the first, it was Canthus, the
dictionary definition of which is - “Either of the angles formed where
the upper and lower eyelids meet”.
Whilst it is true that the majority of the founder members were from Prittlewell Lodge, it is interesting to note that three were from other local Lodges, i.e. Albert Lucking, Hadleigh Castle and Sir Francis Drake and the remaining founders were members of Percy Lodge (Newcastle), Fraternal (Blackpool), St Annes (London), Good Hope (London), Stability (London), Royal Victorian Jubilee (Upminster), Facta non Verba (London), Wandsworthian (Surrey) and Eccleston (London).
The question of which ritual to adopt appears to have prompted a great deal of discussion. As no single ritual was common to all of the founders it was finally agreed to settle with Universal, there then followed a whole year of School of Instruction so that the founders would be fully conversant. They must have been remarkable people when you consider that they went to all this effort before permission had even been granted to Consecrate the Lodge. In the end it was to be more than two years before their dream became reality.
The Tudor "Family Tree" starts with Priory Lodge No 1000 and is then traced through St Clements, Albert Lucking and finally Prittlewell, our Mother Lodge.