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Antiquity Encampment No.1 Meets at The Masonic Hall, Old Orchard Street, Bath BA1 1JU on the last Friday of February, April and November @ 6:30 p.m. Eminent Commander 	 E.Kt.John A Papps - Installed 27th April 2017



1st Captain


2nd Captain








Deputy Marshal






Standard Bearer (B)


Standard Bearer (VB)


Captain of the Lines






Arch of Steel





The Oxford dictionary defines “Antiquity” as “Ancientness, old times, especially time before the middle ages....”, and whilst members would not claim that the Encampment has subsisted over quite such a long period, it has a proud history which can be traced back over 200 years. As mentioned elsewhere, a warrant was granted by Thomas Dunkerley in 1791 but, without doubt, Templar activity existed in Bath before that date.

It must be admitted, however, that during the early years there were occasions when the Encampment found it impossible to hold meetings on a regular basis, and it became dormant. The Statutes of 1809, for example, contains a “List of Encampments discontinued from not being able to assemble”, and the list includes “The Antiquity of Time Immemorial, Bath”. The Encampment was, in fact, revived in 1811 but lapsed again in 1814 and no further meetings were held until 1819. Meetings then continued until the 30th April 1822, when the Encampment once again became dormant and remained so for a period of 33 years. It was finally revived on the 15th June 1855, since when it has maintained an unbroken sequence of meetings.

The Encampment followed the practice common in many encampments at that time, and worked both the Templar and Rose Croix degrees. In 1866, however, the Encampment's involvement in the latter degree was brought to an end when members petitioned Supreme Grand Chapter 33º to grant warrant “to hold a Lodge of Perfection a Council of Princes of Jerusalem and a Sovereign Rose Croix...under the name of Antiquity Chapter of Rose Croix”. The petition was approved and the warrant granted. The problems which were afterwards encountered by this Chapter, are beyond the scope of this history.

The Encampment celebrated its bi-centenary in 1991 and, on 29th November, a service of re-dedication was held, followed by a meeting at which a history of the Encampment was presented. Amongst many distinguished guests present on that occasion were the Very High and Right Eminent Great Seneschal the Right Honourable Lord Swansea; the Right Eminent Provincial Prior; Provincial Priors from the City and County of Bristol, Middlesex and Oxfordshire, the Right Eminent Knight G.L.Galloway, Past Great Marshall.

In the Statutes of 1809 mentioned above, the Encampment is referred to as “The Antiquity of Time Immemorial”. In masonic terms, the distinction “Time Immemorial” shows it to have been in existence before its present sovereign authority was established, in this case in 1791, and on more than one occasion an attempt has been made to invest the Encampment with “Time Immemorial” status. All such attempts have been refused by Great Priory, however, and in support of such a decision, a former Great Vice-Chancellor made the point that in cases where Time Immemorial status was granted the Preceptory concerned either worked without a warrant or under a warrant of confirmation. He acknowledged that Antiquity Encampment may have worked previously to 1791, but suggested this was “probably under a Craft Warrant, which was the usual custom in those days” and he contended that the warrant granted in 1791 “was a new Warrant issued by Dunkerley, and not a warrant of confirmation”. With the passage of time, it is not easy to determine with certainty the true state of affairs some 200 years ago, and, in all the circumstances, therefore, it may suffice to say that the Encampment continues to flourish; that it jealously guards the unique passages still incorporated in its ritual, and that it is proud to be numbered 1 on the current Roll of Preceptories.


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E.Kt.Stuart Burrell


E.Kt.Bob Cole


History 1791 to .......


Officers 2017-18

Next Meeting

Friday 27th April 2018 - Installation


SChicken & Bacon Salad with honey mustard dressing

Salmon fillet with dill & lemon cream sauce

Cherry & Almond Tart with ice cream



Waitress service

Bar available


Details TBA

All Officers are expected to attend the meeting, but if unable to be present then the Registrar and Marshal MUST be notified.


Requests for dining must be made to the Scullion, by Friday 20th April 2018

Meals booked and not taken WILL be charged.



Why not be part of


Antiquity Experience!

Join/Visit us

  • At the “Old Theatre Royal, Bath”, a memorable occasion not to be missed, especially for a new Knight
  • The most prestigious Encampment in the Province
  • Unique Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Renowned for the perfection of its Ritual
  • Exquisite Dining

Principal Contacts

Most Recent Notable Events

  Next Meeting          Summons          Dining          Most Recent Events         Chronology


  1. To Open the Encampment
  2. To welcome the
  3. To welcome the Provincial Prior for Somerset, and the Provincial Sub Prior  
  4. To approve the Minutes of the last Regular Meeting
  5. To receive a Report from the Treasurer and to approve the Accounts for the Year Ending 30th June 2017.
  6. To Install the Eminent Commander for the ensuing year, who will afterwards appoint and invest his Officers.
  7. To present Great Priory Temple Patent
  8. To receive Communications.
  9. To receive a Report from the Hospitaller and to collect Alms.
  10. To transact any other business.
  11. To close the Encampment.

  1. To open a Priory of Malta [the approved shortened Forms of Opening and Closing will be used].
  2. To Install as Eminent Prior who will afterwards appoint and invest his Officers.
  3. To close the Priory.


Agenda (abbreviated)

An abbreviated version of the Agenda for our next meeting will be posted here when it becomes available.

November 2015

The Charge was given by E.Kt.Angus Rhodes and explanations of the Symbols and “A Beaucent” were delivered by E.Kt.Fritz Easthope PGtStdB(B), all in a most splendid manner.

February 2016

In addition to R.E.Kt.Barry D.Burridge KCT (left) the Provincial Prior for Somerset being present, the Encampment was further deeply honored by the presence of a number of other very distinguished guests including R.E.Kt.Paul R.Clements GCT (right) the Great Marshal, R.E.Kt.Basil R.Woodward KCT Provincial Prior for the City & County of Bristol, E.Kt.Ryan Williams the Deputy Great Vice-Chancellor, and five other Great Officers from the Provinces of Dorset & Wiltshire, Devon & Cornwall, the City and County of Bristol, and Somerset.

The ceremony was conducted in a most splendid manner by the Eminent Commander, E.Kt.Andy Beaumont, who also delivered the Charge and conferred the Accolade. The Symbols were articulately presented by E.Kt.Angus Rhodes.

Honours Board

2016 ….. E.Kt. J A Papps

2016 ….. E.Kt. A J Rhodes

2015 ….. E.Kt. A P Beaumont

2014 ….. E.Kt. S C Finn

2013 ….. E.Kt. S M Burrell

2012 ….. E.Kt. G K Jeffery

2011 ….. E.Kt. P R Doust

2010 ….. E.Kt. D C Mathews

2009 ….. E.Kt.  

2007 & 2008 ….. E.Kt. L G Stretton  

2006 ….. E.Kt. D Cottrell

2005 ….. E.Kt. R T Cooper

2004 ….. E.Kt.

2003 ….. E.Kt. N B Hawes PGtStdB(B)

2001 & 2002 ….. E.Kt. S N White

1999 & 2000 ….. E.Kt. V F Easthope PGtStdB(B)

1998 ….. E.Kt.

1997 ….. E.Kt.  

1996 ….. E.Kt. E M Jakins

1995 ….. E.Kt.

1994 ….. E.Kt.

1993 ….. E.Kt.

1992 ….. E.Kt. D Calderley PGtStdB(B)

1991 ….. E.Kt.

1990 ….. E.Kt.

1989 ….. E.Kt.

1988 ….. E.Kt.

1987 ….. E.Kt.L E Burden

1986 ….. E.Kt.

1985 ….. E.Kt.

1984 ….. E.Kt.

1983 ….. E.Kt.

1982 ….. E.Kt.

1981 ….. E.Kt. B W J Cox

1980 ….. E.Kt.

1979 ….. E.Kt.

1978 ….. E.Kt.

1977 ….. E.Kt.

1976 ….. E.Kt.

1975 ….. E.Kt.

1974 ….. E.Kt.

1973 ….. E.Kt.

1972 ….. E.Kt.

1971 ….. E.Kt.

1970 ….. E.Kt.

1969 ….. E.Kt.

1968 ….. E.Kt.

1967 ….. E.Kt.

1966 ….. E.Kt.

1965 ….. E.Kt.

1964 ….. E.Kt.

1963 ….. E.Kt.

1962 ….. E.Kt.

1961 ….. E.Kt.

1960 ….. E.Kt.

1959 ….. E.Kt.

1958 ….. E.Kt.

1957 ….. E.Kt.

1956 ….. E.Kt.

1955 ….. E.Kt.

1954 ….. E.Kt.

1953 ….. E.Kt.

1952 ….. E.Kt.

1951 ….. E.Kt.

1950 ….. E.Kt.

1949 ….. E.Kt.

1948 ….. E.Kt.

1947 ….. E.Kt.

1946 ….. E.Kt.

1945 ….. E.Kt.

1944 ….. E.Kt.

1943 ….. E.Kt.

1942 ….. E.Kt.

1941 ….. E.Kt.

1940 ….. E.Kt.

1939 ….. E.Kt.

1938 ….. E.Kt.

1937 ….. E.Kt.

1936 ….. E.Kt.

1935 ….. E.Kt.

1934 ….. E.Kt.

1933 ….. E.Kt.

1932 ….. E.Kt.

1931 ….. E.Kt.

1930 ….. E.Kt.

1929 ….. E.Kt.

1928 ….. E.Kt.

1927 ….. E.Kt.

November 2017

At short notice it fell to E.Kt.Terry Hayes to present the Sword into the custody of E.Kt John Papps and the the Knights of Antiquity Encampment for its safekeeping, which he did in a most excellent manner. He also charged them to deliver the Sword to the Keynsham Priory of St.Keyna No.455 on 15th January next year, accompanied by as many Knights of the Encampment as possible, in continuence of its perpetual journey around the Province.