The Lodge Emblem
The Lodge emblem depicts the Semaphore Tower situated on Telegraph
Hill in Claygate.
These were part of a communication link between the Admiralty in London
to the Royal Navy dockyard in Portsmouth. 15 stations were built in 1822
which enabled a message to be transmitted from London to the coast in
less than 1 hour. Messages could only be transmitted during daylight hours
and in good weather conditions.
They were staffed by ex naval personnel and their families who lived in.
The introduction of electricity and the telegraph system rendered the
Semaphore system obsolete and after 23 years of service they were closed
Many stations were subsequently vandalised and the sites redeveloped. The
Claygate station was among those vandalised and nearly suffered the same
fate. However it was sold in the 1970's and converted to a private house
after the semaphore masts were dismantled.
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The Lodge Banner was presented to the Lodge by W. Bro. Orville Westlake as its first Master
The Semaphore station seen here converted to a private house.
The Semaphore Station in 1822