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INSTANT GUIDE TO MASONRY

Freemasonry’s roots are ancient but poorly documented. However, historians can trace the organisation almost continuously back to the 16th Century. It evolved out of associations of stone masons who grouped together, possibly to control trade and help each other in times of hardship. Links with stonework remain. Masons believe in a Supreme Being, which they […]

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