Title: The Masonic Province of Devonshire 1732 - 2003
The story of Devonshire Freemasonry from the birth of its first Lodge, St. John the Baptist No. 39, to the present day.
In April 2000 the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, Right Worshipful Brother Robin O.Osborn suggested that the time might be right to update 'The History of Craft Masonry in Devonshire' produced by Worshipful Brother Ron Chudley in 1984.
I have done my best in bringing this up to date, and attempted to maintain the high standards set by Brother Chudley, but I am not a journalist or reporter, as he was, and it is therefore written and produced in a totally different style. My intention, which I hope has been successful, was to produce a historical story of the Province of Devonshire in a manner readable and enjoyable by all.
To the initiate, or the brother who is just generally interested in Devonshire Provincial Freemasonry, I hope this book will not only interest you, but will perhaps help foster the great fascination that I, and many others have in our past heritage.
When I started this project I intended devoting the majority of the book to the history of the Provincial Grand Masters and Province with only a couple of hundred words describing each of the different lodges. But as I progressed, I realised that the history of this Province isn't just in books, documents or Minutes, preserved in the Provincial Office but is also contained in the history of many of the lodges and their members. The history, therefore, that I have written, can only be appreciated by reading the lodge histories. Some are long, some historical, some boring, many repetitive, some short, some amusing, but the history of the Province is there.
Each lodge has its own unique history, its own feel and attraction. To express this satisfactorily is difficult. Each lodge history could be condensed into just the Consecration, why it was formed, and where and when it has met. This book is not meant to be a collection of lodge histories, but a history of the Province, and I have tried by using extracts from various Minutes, comments by past brethren and articles by past and present historians and researchers to show its development over the last some 270 years, from 1732 to the present day. I hope I have acknowledged and listed all of the sources of information in the book. I would especially like to thank the Provincial Grand Secretary, Worshipful Brother Colin Turner, for his constant help and encouragement.
In producing this book, I have relied on brethren supplying me with information. The lodge histories have been produced, in most cases, from information supplied by the respective lodge members. Some histories are magnificent pieces of work and a tribute to those who have produced them, and I thank those brethren for forwarding on these books, all of which will be placed in the Provincial Library on completion of this work. Other lodges because of war damage and other calamities have little or no avaliable information.
Colin E Summers
Past Provincial Grand Regsitrar
The book is in overall good condition throughout. The book has blue boards and gilt lettering to the spine. The dust jacket has wear and tears on the rear upper edge and close to the hinge of the spine and a stain on the inside front.The front lower edge has wear and the rear cover has some tears near the hinge of the spine. There is some foxing and tanning on the upper page edges.
Inside the front end page is a dedication to Colin Summers who dies in a road traffic accident 3 months after the books publication.