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Seven Kings Lodge No. 2749
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Seven Kings Lodge History

The Lodge takes pride in recording our long history, sadly we have few artifacts left from the consecration over 100yrs ago. However we do have our own historian cataloguing current events, to update our 100 year history book, published in 1999.

We hope these pages present an interesting dip into our lodges history

We have split this part of the web site into five areas....

1. A short history page gives a summary of the book published above

2. The complete history page includes the text printed in the history book published in 1999

3. The masters chain page shows detailed photos of our chain with the SKL logo

4. The founders jewel page is self explanatory

5. The Banners page shows a photos of our banners and other historical items

The name Seven Kings can be traced back to a Regal past....

The name 'Seven Kings' appears to have derived from a suburb of Ilford in the London Borough of Redbridge, Essex, England. A reference is made in the petition that a new Lodge was created as it was more convenient to their (the petitioners) dwellings.

The local Historic society gives the following explanation of the reason for the area Seven Kings:

'Seven Kings most probably comes from the Saxon "seofecingas" meaning the settlement of Seofeca's people. The earliest known recordings of the name Seven Kings is in approx 1285AD. The name Seven Kings Water (which rises near Hog Hill) first appeared in 1609. This stream becomes Loxford water before joining the Roding.

The alternative is the legend of the Seven Kings, the name Seven Kings contains both legend and dream. The legend is that in Saxon times seven kings met at a cool, clear stream in the forest which covered the area. Out for a day's hunting, the 'kings', or regional overlords, let their horses drink and then moved on, leaving the name Seven Kings behind them.

The dream of Mr A Cameron Corbett, who played a significant part in the development of Ilford, was to build a people's suburb. Following years of commitment to providing top-quality houses at prices ordinary working people could afford, Mr Cameron Corbett was made the first Baron Rowallen.

When Corbett's dream was realised in bricks and mortar, some 10,000 people had moved into the district's new houses. Corbett also encouraged the building of a railway station to serve the area, guaranteeing that the Great Eastern Railway would take £10,000 in season tickets in the first five years after Seven Kings station was opened'

The station did indeed open, and now the area is a busy suburb of London.