Marmion Lodge Banner

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Most Masonic Lodges have banners. This tradition dates back many centuries when most organisations had banners or flags. In times past, banners were often based on crests or coats of arms and were used to identify people and groups, to act as a rallying point or to lead a procession. 

Unlike a flag, which is typically hung from a pole, Masonic banners are hung from a cross-rail. This means that the whole face can always be seen, even if there is no breeze.

Marmion Lodge’s banner was extensively refurbished in 2015 to coincide with its 150th anniversary. As far as we can tell from our records, this is the second time the banner has been refurbished. However, we have no idea if any part of the original banner has survived into this version. The following describes its component parts.

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The upper scroll proclaims the name of the Lodge and below the scroll is the Lodge's number. As the United Grand Lodge of England numbers all lodges in strict sequence, the number gives an idea of a lodge's age.

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The centre of the banner is the Marmion family’s coat of arms, from which the Lodge takes its name. The Marmion family lived in Tamworth Castle from c1100 to 1294, when, in the absence of a male heir, the castle passed through a great niece of the last Marmion lord, to the Freville family.

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Above the Marmion coat of arms is a helm denoting the heraldic rank of the owner. The open or barred helmet denotes a rank of high nobility. In strict heraldry terms, the precise rank could be determined from the colour (gold or silver) of the helm and the face bars. However, as the depiction on the Marmion banner is more of an artistic interpretation, as was common in the 1800's, no inference can be made from it. Following the 2015 refurbishment, this is the oldest part of the banner, but we don’t know exactly how old it is!

Either side of the helm are two commonly used masonic symbols.

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To the left of the helm is a six pointed star and although it is used as a Masonic symbol, it is not exclusive to Freemasonry. In addition to its many uses in geometry and mathematics, it is a mystic symbol and appears in many belief systems from around the world.

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To the right of the helm appears perhaps the most recognizable of all Masonic symbols; the square and compasses. The square and compasses are key tools in geometry and are of symbolic importance to Freemasons.

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The lower scroll gives the Lodge’s location. Marmion Lodge is proud of its long history as Tamworth's oldest Masonic Lodge and the involvement of its members in the local community.