The Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia
The Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (Rosicrucian Society of England) is a Masonic esoteric Christian order formed by Robert Wentworth Little in 1865, whose members are confirmed from the ranks of subscribing Master Masons of a Grand Lodge in amity with the United Grand Lodge of England; all aspirants for membership are required to declare a belief in the fundamental principles of the Trinitarian Christian faith. It is the oldest independent society of Rosicrucian Freemasons in the world, and assists Freemasons to extend their researches into the hidden mysteries of nature, science and truth.
The society is organised in three orders with nine grades, each having its own appropriate ritual and lectures. These are loosely based on the allegorical ‘Fama Fraternitatis Rosae Crucis’ published in 1614 and the grades of the German ‘Golden und Rosicrucian’ Order.
Based at its headquarters in Stanfield Hall, Hampstead, North London, it is spread through seven countries in twenty three provinces, eighty eight colleges and has very good relations with its daughter constitution the SRIS in Scotland and their own daughter constitution the SRICF in America.
The ‘Rosicrucian Society of England or Brethren of the Rosy Cross’ as they were originally named, held their first meeting on the 1st June 1867 at the George Hotel, Aldermanbury in the very centre of the City of London. The real legacy of the society is their precious collection of 400 year old Rosicrucian books and manuscripts, which are now housed, on loan to the Library and Museum of United Grand Lodge of England, Great Queen Street, London, for easy reference and access to all 9:00 to 17:00 hours.
There have been many non-masonic Rosicrucian organisations over the years. The SRIA was the first exclusively for Freemasons, who some may say have the advantage of an appreciation of allegory and the benefit of fraternity, charity and love, which characterises the members of the Craft and Holy Royal Arch, who we believe in part are an echo of the ancient lesser and greater mysteries.