Bulwer Lodge of Cairo No

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The Lodge was consecrated at Kasr al-Nozha Palace, Shoubra Road, Cairo, on 8th February in 1865. This location was the residence of Yacoub Cattaui Pasha, a prominent Jewish member of the Egyptian government. The Lodge's first master was Carl Antonio Verdi, marking it as the second English Lodge established in Egypt, following its sponsoring Lodge, St John Alexandria. Unfortunately, St John Alexandria closed a few years after Bulwer’s consecration due to the majority of English Freemasons residing in Cairo. The Lodge boasted a number of distinguished members, including Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, Sir Reginald Wingate, Lord Grenfell, and Sir Lee Stack, and had the privilege of initiating four Victoria Cross holders.

On 19th March 1869, Bulwer Lodge had the honour of hosting His Royal Highness Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), marking the first and possibly only Lodge he officially visited after his initiation. The Egyptian government sequestered the Lodge's records, forcing it to leave Egypt during the Suez Crisis of 1956. It subsequently established itself at the Lancaster Gate Hotel in London, surviving the upheaval as one of only three Lodges. In 1998, the Lodge moved to Slough, Buckinghamshire, after the hotel ceased hosting Masonic meetings. A final relocation to Beaconsfield occurred in 2000, hopefully marking its last move in a series of thirteen locations throughout its history.

The banner of Bulwer Lodge features an ornamental shield divided into quarters. The first and fourth quarters display the arms of Sir Henry Bulwer, District Grand Master of Turkey, who consecrated the Lodge, featuring a red shield with a silver chevron adorned with three five-pointed stars between three eagle reguardant. The second quarter showcases the arms of the Company of Masons, with a black shield and a silver chevron highlighting a pair of golden compasses between three castles. The third quarter depicts a desert scene with the pyramids, symbolising the Lodge's origins in Cairo, which is also noted beneath the ornamental shield. This intricate design embodies the Lodge's rich heritage and the diverse influences that have shaped its identity.

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