DID YOU KNOW?
Masons have their own international language, known as Bearlish.
The Norwich apprentices work outside in all weathers, at handmade work benches known as ‘banks’ beneath a shelter.
They make many of their own tools by hand. They do use power tools, but for the first five years concentrate on mastering working stone by hand.
The guild of St Stephen and St George can trace its history back to 1089, with each master’s expertise based on the accumulated knowledge of a continuous line of named masters.
As well as the craft and the culture of stonemasonry the guild is responsible for “frith” or the life-long welfare of its members and their families.
It is not a religious organisation although many of its traditions are based around church ceremonies. It also has nothing to do with freemasonry.
Gildencraft is the trading, commercial arm of the Guild of St Stephen and St George, with masons working on conservation, construction and design projects.
It pays its rent to the Norwich Historic Churches Trust by carrying out repairs to the Trust’s 18 churches.
For more information visit guildsg.org or call in during Heritage Open Days.