Simon: Why were you made a Mason? Philip: For sake
of the Letter G
Philip: What does it signifye?
Philip: Why Geomitry?
Simon: Because it is the Root and foundation of all Arts
Part of A Dialogue Between Simon, A Town Mason, & Philip,
A Travelling Mason (1740)35
Serendipity had played a significant role with regard to the birth of modern masonry. For the fraternity obsessed with construction site symbolism and the raising of the “ideal building” emerged in an era and country where the science of architecture and its related fields were experiencing unprecedented change. This process had already been gathering pace for some time, but during the Seventeenth century it accelerated, as Britain realized several innovations in the technology of construction
35 An Expose of circa 1740, published in Knoop, Jones and Hamer’s The Early Masonic Catechisms, 1963, p.177