A Brick-Layer's Trowel

Object 78 in our Charterhouse in 100 Objects series is this very special brick-layer's trowel. 

On 17 June 1922, the Memorial Chapel foundation stone was laid by the Archbishop of Canterbury, using this ceremonial silver trowel for the occasion. It is made from hall-marked silver and was commissioned by the Charterhouse Masonic Lodge. The handle bears the Charterhouse coat of arms; the blade is engraved with the Archbishop of Canterbury’s coat of arms and a masonic symbol, with the inscription “I was wrought for the Master Wardens and Brethren of the Charterhouse (Deo Dante Dedi) Lodge of Freemason No 2885 and presented to Randall Archbishop of Canterbury wherewith to lay the foundation stone of the War Memorial Chapel”.

Before the Archbishop laid the foundation stone, Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Morland (V1883) gave a speech on behalf of all Old Carthusians (OCs) who fought in the First World War, prayers were read, and the Head of School, John Sinclair Shields (W1922) placed a time capsule under the stone containing a list of all OCs who had served in the war, together with list of the current pupils, the OC Club and the Deo Dante Dedi Masonic Lodge.