Ship Tavern Lodge On Bartholomew Lane

Posted: January 27, 2009 in Other Ripper Research
In Melvyn Fairclough’s book "The Ripper And The Royals", Fairclough presents a note that Inspector Abberline found in 13 Miller’s Court on the morning of November 9, 1888. The paper was of very old quality and yellowed with age. The note was found on the bedside table right beside the Baphomet idol, so it is my belief that the word "this" in the following note refers to the idol. Written on the note was the following,
 
This (Baphomet) for Mr. Edward Cole
of ye Ship Tavern (or Tornan)
on Bartholomew Lane
 
London
 
Scotland Yard brought this note to a handwriting expert to have it dated and the expert stated that the note was written around 1690!!
 
Bartholomew Lane is located behind the Royal Stock Exchange in Central London. I now have in my possession a very interesting record of the Masonic Lodges found in London and Whitechapel in the 1720’s and there was a Lodge right behind the Stock Exchange that met every second Wednesday. Interestingly, the logo for this Masonic Lodge was a ship!!!! Here is a photo of the evidence:
 
                  Hughan’s Engraved List of Lodges
 
The evidence of a Masonic Lodge behind the Royal Stock Exchange (Number 5). This image can be found in the book "History of the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons and Concordant Orders", edited by Lee C. Hascall, copyright 1890
 
So my question is this, why is a Baphomet idol being delivered or sent to a Masonic Lodge behind the Royal Exchange? Maybe this picture will answer that question:
 
 
Here is another interesting photo from the same book:
 
                                     Four-Horned Goat
 
This photo comes from the book "History of the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons and Concordant Orders", edited by Lee C. Hascall, copyright 1890. Note that the image forms a star pointing downward which represents Satan.
 
 
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