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Many people wonder about the history and day-to-day workings of Freemasonry.
Freemasonry is the largest secular, fraternal and charitable organisation in the United Kingdom. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.
Freemasonry has existed for hundreds of years, and throughout the world there are millions of men who find the fraternity of Freemasonry conducive to a development of their responsibilities to the society in which they live.
It is believed that the origins of Freemasonry can be found in the Master Mason's Lodges formed for working stonemasons, at the sites of cathedrals and other stately buildings in the 15th to 17th centuries. Such Lodges subsequently accepted as members, those who were not operative stonemasons, later called freemasons.
The forms of recognitions, about which there is so much discussion, were no more than "pin numbers" to allow the travelling mason to prove that he was fully qualified when arriving at a new building site. Nowadays they have a symbolic meaning within the ceremonies, but are not used elsewhere.