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How Restoration Lodge got its name  
 The Oak Leaf 
The Oak Tree and King Charles II


On 29th May 1773 the Members of what was The Lodge No. 263 met initially at the “Sun” then marched in procession to a new Lodge room in Priestgate, Darlington.  At this time the country was celebrating the Centenary of the Restoration of Charles II to the throne, so the name Restoration was chosen to differentiate this Lodge from other Freemason Lodges.

The Lodge was Consecrated in 1761 and an OAK LEAF  was chosen to form a link
with the
Restoration Period when King Charles II was crowned 100 years prior on
23rd April 1661.  ( He was declared King on 8th May 1660 )

King Charles II was defeated at the battle of Worcester on 3rd September 1651.

He evaded capture by the Parliamentary soldiers for six weeks, during which the
famous incident of the fugitive King hiding in an
Oak Tree at Boscobel House
occurred.  This was no mean feat as he was
‘of dark countenance’ and stood at
six feet three tall, not an easy man to hide.  After six weeks of freedom he escaped
to France by travelling from
Shoreham to Fecamp on a small coaster, The Surprise.