Wednesday, 8 December 2010
History of Freemasonry - Operative Beginnings
One particular group of Masons worked with stone, these craftsmen were travellers by nature, therefore each discipline's lodge was faternal in nature, if a member of a lodge finished his work in one area, he travelled to the next place of work and attached himself to the lodge of that area. Due to the nature of their work, they were called Freemasons, their work was listed as a ' fine art ' and their skills were in much demand.
Architects were called Freemasons, because of working with free-stone (Robert L. Cooper - The Rosslyn Hoax?). The main body of their work was concerned with the construction of Cathedrals, Churches, Monasteries, Palaces - etc. Their work contained the secret of architecture - which no man with a few tools and yeas experience building barns etc could penetrate - therefore the Freemasons work was a class apart from the other masons.