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St. Lawrence Preceptory and Priory No. 669

Warrant dated 15th November 2007. Meets at Warminster Masonic Hall, Market Place, Warminister, Wiltshire, BA12 9AW on the fourth Tuesday in January, March, May (Installation) and October (Malta).

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Consecrated at Warminster by the Provincial Prior, Revd Dr John Robert Henry Railton on 15th December 2007.

The Preceptory is named after the small 13th century chapel of St. Lawrence, purchased by the people of Warminster in 1575 and still maintained in trust for them by 'Feoffees' - principled, honest and discreet men of the Parish.

St Lawrence was a Deacon who refused to reveal the location of the treasures of the church to the Prefect of Rome during the 'Persecution of Valerian' in 256 AD. The banner bears the gridiron on which he was believed subsequently to have been martyred and the Chi Rho symbol familiar to us all.

Of the eighteen Founders, mostly resident in Wiltshire, ten were members of Selwood Preceptory of St John, meeting at Frome in Somerset and four of Antiquity Encampment No 1, meeting at Bath.

Members of both Selwood and Antiquity have historically been Founders of Preceptories in this Provinc