Definition of a Guild Lodge
A Lodge is the building where stonemasons work or meet but also refers to any place where a number of stonemasons are gathered.
Lodge meetings serve two purposes;
(1) Education. Meetings chaired by Master or member of the Board of Masters.
(2) Corporatist Unionism. Meetings chaired by the Maire/Gáhir of the Lodge acting as shop steward regarding the welfare of members.
Both meetings are traditionally radical and non-conformist where free speech is at the heart of proceedings. Linked to early trades unions, London working men's association and the Chartist movement.
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