which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell

Crich Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes

Photograph courtesy private owner

Crich members of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes outside the Jovial Dutchman, taken in the 1940s.

Order of Buffaloes

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, ??,
Mr. Askew
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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