United Grand Lodge of England

Langport Lodge no. 8072

(consecrated at Eastbourne Town Hall, 22 January 1966)

Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex
 
 

History

"LANGPORT" is a name closely connected with our locality and has masonic overtones. It is clear that operative masons were at work many centuries ago in what is now the Eastbourne area. The great Roman fortress of Anderida at Pevensey, and many churches, manors and houses were constructed of stone taken from the green sandstone outcrop along the rim of the downland chalk. A quarry for this stone was situated near the present Cavendish Hotel, and was in use until the mid-nineteenth century. It was situated in the eastern part of the district of Bourne (the original name for Eastbourne) in an area known as Lamport, a softened form of the Saxon Langport, both names now being lost.

The green sandstone must have been conveyed to the Anderida fortress either by land, or more probably by sea, and it is thought that the word "Langport" may have been derived from the Roman "Longus Portus", for evidence suggests that there was a Roman navale or dock to the north-east of the Wish Tower. Our founders therefore incorporated a picture of a Roman galley against the backdrop of the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head in the design of our badge and banner.

The Provincial Grand Chaplain's Oration at our Banner Dedication in 1968 included the following remarks:

"the Lodge Badge depicts the long port under the shelter of Beachy Head, whose various geological strata in times past had made the cliff formation. This is related to the aim of the Lodge, to make research into the origins and development of Freemasonry, based on the sure foundation of the Craft. A search into the future of Freemasonry is also necessary."