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Buffalo Meeting, 1951, at the Bull, Brentford

Simon Holloway has sent several photos from the lives of Wilfred and Evelyn Chapple of Walnut Tree Road, Brentford. This photo was taken at a meeting of Buffalo Lodge 53 at The Bull PH, Brentford in 1951 and includes Wilfred and Evelyn.

If you can add any names please get in touch.

Rick Heath (December 2014): the couple (left of centre: elaborate candelabra of lamps, the lady, a floral display on a table behind, then her husband) are my grandparents. Richard & Alice Rowe. Richard Rowe was a policeman in Brentford.

Around 25 people, men and wives, aged 30 - 60ish in a pub dining room


More about The Bull at 350 High Street

Middlesex Independent 27 September 1890 reported on the founding of The Griffin Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes:
R.A.O.B. - A new lodge, to be called "The Griffin Lodge," of the Buffaloes Order, is to be opened on Tuesday evening at the "Bull", High Street, by Dist. Grand Primo T Goff K.O.M. (?, not clear), and Deputy-Grand R Aldington, assisted by Grand Lodge officers. It is expected that there will be a large attendance, and a large number of new members will be made at the meeting.

The motto of Buffalo orders is "No Man Is At All Times Wise" and it has the maxim of "Justice, Truth and Philanthropy". The Grand Lodge of England also has its own motto, used by itself and its affiliated branches on the official seal, which is "In things Essential Unity, In things Doubtful Liberty and in all things Charity." (Wikipedia has information about "one of the largest fraternal movements in the United Kingdom ... started in 1822 ... known as the "Buffs" to members.")

Published April 2012; last updated January 2023