Welcome to the Provincial Priory of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Website from the Provincial Prior Rt E Kt Roger Stuart Edgar
Welcome to the Home Page of The Provincial Priory of Knights Templar of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire which I hope will be of interest, and of use to both Knights of the Order and to Freemasons who wish to learn more and may be thinking of joining. The Order is made up of Christian Freemasons, and has the longest title of any Masonic Order.
We utilise the history and practices of the medieval Knights Templar as a basis for our ceremonies, although we have no direct link with those “Knights of Old”. The Great Priory of the United Orders, which is based in London, manages the Order, via a number of “Provinces” or “Provincial Priories” throughout England and Wales and many other parts of the world.
The Provincial Priory of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire, constituted in 1960 encompasses the Gloucestershire & Herefordshire County boundaries with meeting places from Stapleton & Downend in the south to Hereford in the North. I have had the great privilege of heading the Province since 2012. A Province is made up of a number of private units called Preceptories. In Gloucestershire & Herefordshire there are 9 Preceptories meeting at Masonic Halls in many towns throughout the Counties, and strangely enough two on the outskirts of Bristol! The oldest is at Cheltenham, with the newest being the Bodyguard and Past Preceptors Preceptory.
You will find within the site information on all of these Preceptories, as well as historical and current news items. If you require more info, there are links and contact details available.
Please feel free to browse, whether you are a member or visitor, and I hope that you will find something of interest within its pages and return on a regular basis.