Secret Societies

Volunteers and members of the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeology Society have conducted an excavation at the site of the eighteenth-century Reffley Temple, home of the Reffley Brethren, a secret Royalist society that was formed after the execution of King Charles I in 1649. The temple was built in 1711 by the land owners, the Ffolkes family, and was guarded by sphinxes and contained an obelisk, which were both removed in the 1990s for safety reasons. At their meetings the brethren would traditionally eat a large joint of beef, saddle of mutton and a lobster salad. After, the society would smoke a secret blend of tobacco through huge clay pipes. Members also made a secret, alcoholic punch to toast Bacchus, the Roman god of wine.

 

It is thought that the secret society still meets today.


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