Rose Croix

Ancient & Accepted Rite

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The ancient & Accepted Rite is an order of Freemasonry comprising a total of 33° degrees of which the Rose of Croix is the 18th Degree.

Local bodies of the Order are known as Rose Croix Chapters and all business is conducted in the 18th Degree, including the the Admission of Candidates (known as “Perfection”) and the Enthronement of the Most wise Sovereign (the equivalent of Worshipful Master in a Craft Lodge).

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The Ancient & Accepted Rite originated in France in the mid 1700s as the “Rite of Perfection” consisting of 25 so-called “higher” degrees and spread via the trade routes to the West Indies and North America. There are now over 60 supreme councils – the independent governing bodies of the Order – throughout the world.

The Supreme Court 33° of the Ancient & Accepted for England and Wales and its Districts Chapters Overseas was established in 1845 under a Patent issued by the USA. The Supreme Council consists of nine eminent members of the Order, all holders of the 33° Degree.

the Grand Patron is HRH The Duke of Kent, KG, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, reflecting the close links between the Craft and the Ancient & Accepted Rite.

Inspector General for Northumberland

V. Ill. Bro. Stephen Read 33°

Province of Northumberland

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To find out more about the order, contact should be made with the District Recorder.

Rose Croix Chapters

Chapters Number Venue
Royal Kent 8 Jesmond
St. Oswald 300 Whitley Bay
Halystane 366 Morpeth
St. Gabriel 388 Newcastle - Byker
Aberwicke 423 Berwick upon Tweed
St. Wilfred 646 Haltwhistle
St. Alban's 861 Shiremoor
Prudhoe Castle 913 Wylam
Priors Haven 925 North Shields
Severus 940 Throckley
St. Aidan 949 Newbiggin by the Sea
Cramlington 978 Cramlington
Wudcestre 1025 Ashington
Northumbria 1070 Blyth
De Sussex 1135 Shiremoor