Lodge History

This Lodge, numbered 1443 on the list of Lodges, was instituted by virtue of a Warrant granted by GEORGE FREDERICK SAMUEL, MARQUESS OF RIPON, Grand Master, on the 17th day of June 1873, authorised and empowering certain Brethren to constitute and hold a Lodge in the Town of Dawlish, under the Title of The Lodge “Salem” and investing them with full power when duly congregated, to make , pass and raise Freemasons, according to the ancient customs of The Craft in all Ages and Nations through-out the known World, and to nominate, choose, and initiate their Successors, whom they are to invest with their power and dignity, such Successors in like manner to nominate, choose, and initiate their Successors, etc.

Copy of the Warrant Of Salem Lodge, No. 1443, Dawlish

To All and every our Right Worshipful and Loving Brethren.
We, GEORGE FREDERICK SAMUAL, MARQUESS OF RIPON, EARL DE GREY AND EARL OF RIPON, VISCOUNT GODERICH OF NOCTON, in the County of Lincoln, BARON GRANTHAM , of Grantham, in the County, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, &c., &c., &c.,
Grand Master Of the most Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of England,
Sends Greeting. Know ye that We by the authority and under the sanction of the United Grand Lodge of England vested in us for the purpose and at the humble Petition of our Right, Trusty and Well Beloved Brethren, John Stroud Short, Samuel Loram, William Ball, George B. Avant, Francis Edwin Tomes, Frederick Charles Hallett, George N. Burden and others, Do hereby constitute the said Brethren into a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons under the Title or Denomination of:

The Salem Lodge No. 1443

The said Lodge to meet at the Town Hall, Dawlish, in the County of Devon, on the third Wednesday of every Month, empowering them in the said Lodge, when duly Congregated to make, pass and raise Free Masons according to the Ancient Custom of the Craft in all Ages and Nations throughout the known World. And further at their said Petition and of the great trust and confidence reposed in every of the above-named Brethren, We do appoint the said John Stroud Short to be the first Master and the said Samuel Loram to be the first Senior Warden ad the said William Ball to be the first Junior Warden for opening and holding the said Lodge and until such time as another Master shall be regularly elected and installed, strictly charging that every Member who shall be elected to preside over the said Lodge , and who must previously have duly served as a Warden in a Warranted Lodge, shall be installed in Ancient Form, and according to the Laws of the Grand Lodge, that he may thereby be fully invested with the divinities and powers of his Office. And we do require you, the said John Stroud Short, to take special care that all and every of the said Brethren are or have been regularly made Masons, and that you , and they, and all the other Members of the said Lodge, do observe , perform and keep the Laws, Rules and Orders contained in the Book of Constitutions, and all the others which may, from time to time, be made by our Grand Lodge, or transmitted by us to our successors, Grand Masters, or by our Deputy Grand Master for the time being. And we do enjoin you to make such By-Laws for the government of your Lodge as shall, to the majority of the Members appear proper and necessary, the same not being contrary to or inconsistent with the General Laws and Regulations of the Craft, a copy whereof you are to transmit to us. And we do require you to cause all such By-Laws and Regulations and also an account of the Proceedings in your Lodge , to be entered in a book to be kept for that purpose , And you are in no wise to omit to send to us, or our successors, Grand Masters, or to the RIGHT HONOURABLE HENRY HOWARD MOLYNEUX, EARL OF CARNARVON, BARON PORCHESTER, OF HIGHCLEAR, in the County of Southampton &c., &c., &c., our Deputy Grand Master, or to the Deputy Grand Master for the time being, at least once in every year, a list of the Members of your Lodge, and the names and descriptions of all masons initiated therein, and Brethren who shall have joined the same, with Fees and Moneys payable thereon. It being our will and intention that this our Warrant of Constitution shall continue in force so long only as you shall conform to the Laws and Regulations of our Grand Lodge, and you the said John Stroud Short are further required as soon as conveniently may be to send us an account in writing of what shall be done by virtue of these presents.
Given under our Hands and the Seal of the GRAND LODGE OF LONDON,
This 17th June A.L. 5873, A.D. 1873

By Command of the M.W. Grand Master

John Hervey, G.S.
A Difficulty appears to have arisen in 1882 regarding the amount paid for the use of the Town Hall for Lodge meetings and subsequently a motion was agreed that “A sum of money be subscribed annually by each Member for the purpose of establishing a future date, a building for Lodge purposes”. In September 1882 a series of resolutions were adopted and this was adopted and this was the commencement of the scheme for having a building of our own, but it was not until 8 years later that the building was completed and dedicated. During those 8 years the Brethren were very busy looking for a desirable site in the Park Estate (Park Road and Hatcher Street district) Brunswick Place, a plot on the Brook Cottage property, The Knowle, Estate, Plantation Terrace and others were visited, in fact the Brethren visited 24 sites in different parts of the town before finally deciding on the site in the Bartons. A Limited Company (The Dawlish Masonic Hall Company Ltd.) was formed with a share capital of £600, divided into 50/- shares, but only 199 of the shares were taken up and the Company had to raise a Mortgage to carry out and complete the work.
The Foundation Stone was laid in 1890 by W. Bro G. B. Avant and the new building was dedicated on October 20th 1890 when W Bro W.G. Rogers, Past Grand Deacon and Deputy Provincial Grand Master, occupied the chair and many distinguished Brethren were also present.