Crich members of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes outside the Jovial Dutchman, taken in the 1940s.
Back – P. Stanley, ??, Roger Hayes, ??, Mr. Munslow, Mr. Hinds, J. Stanley, Harold Bidolph.
Middle – Mr. Booker, Mr. Whysal, S. Smith, Bill Green, Mr. Ashman, Mr. Nadin, ??,
Front – ??, J. Cheetham, J. Ryde, F. Gill, P. Critchlow, Mr. Blatley, Bill White
The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes was believed to have been founded during the sixteenth century when societies were frowned upon; indeed you could have lost your head for belonging. It is said that Elizabeth I, being satisfied that they were not a threat to either the monarchy or society, presented them with a Banner, which enabled them to meet without fear or favour – to this day, whenever a Lodge meets, politics and religion may not be discussed.
The RAOB is not Masonic, and has never had any official relationship with Freemasonry.
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