Once a year on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist a special and impressive Installation of the Grand Master took place. Following Divine Service, conducted in the church in Coney Street by the Grand Chaplain, election to the office was confirmed by the Master Masons in the Lodge meeting at their usual Inn. From here,around midday, a procession of the Lodge members in full regalia was formed undertheir banner and, led by the Town Waites, they marched to either the Hall of the Merchant Adventurers in Piccadilly or of the Merchant Taylors in Aldwark. Here the full and formal Installation took place after which there was a proper banquet.
From: GRAND LODGE OF ALL ENGLAND AT YORK AND ITS PRACTICES, V.W. Bro. the Revd. Neville Barker Cryer, P.G.C.
Letter from Sir William Robinson, York, to his son Metcalfe at Tom's Coffee House, Covent Garden, London Date 4 Jun 1716
Gout has made him lame, but hopes to be out and about for the thanksgiving celebrations [on the suppression of the Jacobite rebellion]: 'our town designs to be very loyall, having orderd 40 pounds out of the public stock to be laid out in wine and bisket, in order to intertain the clergy and gentlemen at the Common Hall, from whence we are to proceed to the Minster in our formalitys, with drums, trumpets and the waits'; the celebrations on 28-29 May
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